Paralympics: Rahul Jakhar qualifies for final in Mixed 25m Pistol

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Tokyo, Sep 2 (IANS) India’s Rahul Jakhar was placed second after the two-round qualification programme in the P3 Mixed 25m Pistol SH1, making it to the final while compatriot Akash finished 20th among 30 competitors to miss out on a spot in the medal round.

Jakhar was placed 13th after the precision round of the qualification with a score of 284. In the rapid-fire section, the 35-year-old from Gurugaon, Haryana, shot a superb 292 in the rapid round to leapfrog to the second position.

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Jakhar was placed second behind China’s Xing Huang with a total score of 576. Xing had a score of 585 (294 precision, 291 rapid) with compatriot Yang Chao third with a score of 575 (precision 289, rapid 286).

Russia’s Sergey Malyshev is placed fourth with a score of 574, Poland’s Szymon Sowinski was fifth with 573, followed by two Ukrainians’ Oleksil Denysiuk (573) and Iryna Liakhu (566) with Turkey’s Korhan Muharrem Yamac rounded off the eight-player field with a score of 566.

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Iryna is the lone woman in the eight-player field in the final. All nine females participated in the qualifying round.

Akash, the second Indian in the field, was placed 20th after the precision round with a score of 278. He could manage only 273 in the rapid round and could not improve his position and finished 20th.

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If he continues in the same vein in the final, Jakhar would be a favourite for a medal.

India has so far won two medals — a gold by Avani Lekhara and bronze by Singhraj — in Paralympic Games shooting competitions.

–IANS

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