Joydeep Karmakar misses bronze; Gagan misfires
Very few wrote about shooter Joydeep Karmakar's medal chances in the run up to his event at the Olympic Games here yesterday.
So, it came as a real surprise to many when the marksman went tantalisingly close to a podium finish before settling for the fourth place in the men's 50 metres rifle prone.
But Karmakar is not complaining. In fact the 32-year-old South Eastern Railway employee has already set his eyes on “giving the nation a better gift” in the next edition of the Olympics at Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro.
“I had to compete under lot of pressure. It was my maiden Olympics. The field was also very tough. All top shooters were there,” said Karmakar after his event at the Royal Artillery Barracks range.
Meanwhile, Gagan Narang, who won India’s first medal in London Olympics, winning bronze in 10m air rifle event, failed to make the final of the men’s 50m rifle prone event here yesterday. Narang shot 593 to finish 18th.