Continuing to heap praises on Jitu Rai, he added that it was a major honour to be in the finals in the Olympics, however, adding that it will be tough from now on. He finished eighth in the final round.
Rio de Janeiro: Pistol man Jitu Rai flattered to deceive as he finished eighth in the Men's 10m air pistol event at the Olympics here on Saturday. Earlier in the day, he got through 10m air pistol qualifying in nail-biting fashion, scoring flawless hits with his last seven shots. However, the men's hockey team got off to a winning start over Ireland.
However, India met with disappointment as shooters Apurvi Chandela and Ayonika Paul failed to qualify in the finals of the women's 10m air rifle event. Chandela - a World Cup Final silver medalist and Commonwealth Games gold victor - finished 34th with a score of 411.6 while Ayonika ended at 43rd place with a final score of 407.
Rai will, however, be still in with a chance as he would be vying for a medal once again on Wednesday when the 50m air pistol event takes place. With less than three minutes left in the second quarter, Rupinder Pal Singh put India up 2-0 with a thundering penalty corner strike. Gurpreet had a bad round in between and scored 94 which pulled him down.
John Jermyn (45th) and Conor Harte (55th) reduced the margin for the Irishmen in the Pool B match. As the clock ticked down, India staved off Ireland's charge to emerge winners.
The team has chose to skip the opening ceremony to focus on the Group B lung-opener against Ireland.
However, in other games, India has only been disappointed.
However, there was further disappointing news from the Olympic Tennis Centre, where the pair of Paes and Bopanna exited in the first round of the men's doubles. That clearly reflected in their on-court performance as the Indians went down 4-6, 6-7 (6) to 's Lukasz Kubot and Marcin Matkowski of Poland.
In table tennis, Mouma Das crashed out in the first round of the women's singles after a rather one-sided 2-11, 7-11, 7-11, 3-11 loss to Daniela Monteiro Dodean of Romania.