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Arjun Lal Jat and Arvind Singh qualify for Semifinals In Mens Sculls repechage

Jul 25, 2021
Arjun Lal Jat and Arvind Singh in the pic. Image courtesy by Press Trust of India

TOKYO: Indian rowers Arjun Lal Jat and Arvind Singh qualified for the semifinals of the men’s lightweight double sculls repechage at the Tokyo Olympics here on Sunday. 

The Indian duo clocked 6:51.36 to finish in the third place at the Sea Forest Waterway.

Poland’s Jerzy Kowalsk and Artur Mikolajczewski finished at the top with a timing of 6:43.44, followed by Spain’s Caetano Horta Pombo and Manel Balastegui, who clocked 6:45.71 in the repechage 2.

Manu Bhaker and Yashaswini Deswal couldn’t make it to finals ☹️

Manu Bhaker was hampered by a technical snag in her pistol which cost her time in the qualification of the women’s 10m air pistol at the Tokyo Olympics. Manu, who was one of the medal hopes for India in Tokyo, and Yashaswini Deswal both failed to make it to the finals of the event.

The electronic trigger of Manu’s pistol had a circuit malfunction in the middle of the second series of the qualification. The 19-year-old had to then go to the test tent with the coach and a member of the jury where it was replaced with a spare tested and then she returned to the competition area.

The process cost the world No.2 and she finished with 575 points, thus finishing 12th in the 53-woman field. Only the top eight qualified for the finals. Manu recovered well to shoot 98 in the 5th series but looked to be under a bit of time pressure

Yashaswini, who is the top ranked pistol shooter in the world, finished with 574 points and at the 13th spot. In fact, France’s Celine Goberville took the final qualification spot with a score of 577 and 15X.

Manu needed an X in her final shot but the 19-year-old shot an 8 that eventually knocked her out of the competition. It was a difficult day for Manu as faced a technical glitch and did not shoot for as many as 5 minutes in her 3rd series.

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