Tokyo-bound Manu Bhaker tops 25m pistol at European shooting championships

Fellow Indian shooter Rahi Sarnobat finished second. The two were competing in the rapid fire segment.

By Olympic Channel Writer

Tokyo-bound Manu Bhaker topped the women's 25m pistol event at the European Championship in Osijek, Croatia on Tuesday ahead of fellow Indian shooter Rahi Sarnobat.

The two were competing in the Minimum Qualification Score (MQS) section, which means they cannot advance to the medal rounds. Seven shooters competed in the MQS section.

Manu Bhaker shot 587, which would have placed her fourth among the regular shooters. Rahi Sarnobat’s score of 584 would have placed her sixth overall. The top eight advance to the final rounds but the MQS shooters are not eligible.

Manu shot two perfect 100s in the rapid fire round to score 296 out of a maximum possible 300. It stood as the second-best score of the day. Rahi managed two 99s and scored 293.

Reigning Olympic and world champion Anna Korakaki of Greece missed the cut for the final. She had shot 581.

Former Olympic champion Olena Kostevych of Ukraine and Rio 2016 silver medallist Vitalina Batsarashkina featured in the final. France’s Olympian Mathilde Lamolle, however, went on to win the gold medal.

Thirteen shooters of the 15-member Tokyo team are in Croatia for the European Championship. Only skeet shooters Mairaj Ahmad Khan and Angad Singh Bajwa are training in Italy.