Gunning for glory: Bindra, Narang carry Indian hopes
Expectations are surging as India's golden boy Abhinav Bindra, along with Gagan Narang, will take the range at the Royal Artillery Barracks today to defend the men's 10m air rifle gold he won four years ago in Beijing
As per the current form of the world’s best shooters, a qualification score of 598 should easily get Abhinav and Gagan into the finals, meaning they have the liberty to shoot two shots each on the ninth ring out of the 60 shots.
In shooting, the difference in qualification points of the ultimate gold-winner and the 10th place finisher is not be more than two or three points. An additional nine would make things tough but they could even qualify with a 597 in the bottom four out of the eight finalists.
A point lesser than that, 596, will certainly not be a clear qualification and shooters would need to go through a shoot-off to win the bottom slots.