Bashir, Khalil eliminated from Tokyo Olympics shooting medal race

By our correspondent

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s shooters Ghulam Mustafa Bashir and Khalil Akhtar were eliminated from Olympics medal race after having missed the top six spots in two stages of the qualifying round.

Bashir was expected to do something best following his stunning sixth-place finish in the first stage on Sunday. score of 293 at the end of stage 1 of the qualifier on Sunday. However he failed to keep his fine run and plummeted to the tenth place at the end of the qualifiers second stage today.

He secured 286 points, taking his total points to 579 in the qualifying stage. Bashir started the second stage well by earning 99 points on the first two series of five shots each in eight seconds. That brought him to the fifth position once, increasing the excitement among Pakistani fans. However, in the next two series of five shots each in six seconds, Bashir managed to get only 95 points and 92 in the final two series of four seconds.

Khalil, who was 16th at the end of the first stage, improved one spot only. He scored 97, 94 and 95 in the respective series in stage two, finishing with 572 points.

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