18-yr-old Rudrankksh Patil tops air-rifle qualification. 

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Kiran Jadhav also in World Championship 10m air rifle final. One of four Paris Olympics quota places up for grabs….

In a World Championship field that had seven of the eight shooters who were a part of the Tokyo Olympic Games final, India’s Rudrankksh Balasaheb Patil topped qualification and dropped a score of 633.9-57x. This is his first ever World Championship appearance.

Joining Patil in the eight-man final will be India’s Kiran Ankush Jadhav who came sixth in qualification with a score of 630.6. India’s third shooter in the competition, Arjun Babuta, didn’t have a good day at the Egypt International Olympic City, finishing with a score of 625.3 and was placed 48th among 114 shooters.

Both Patil and Jadhav will now be part of the Cairo Worlds final line-up and a top 4 position for either can guarantee India’s first pistol/rifle quota for the 2024 Paris Olympic Games. They are joined in the finals by Chinese shooters Lihao Sheng and Haoran Yang – both silver and bronze medallists from the Tokyo Games respectively.

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