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Palak secures 20th Paris quota place for India in shooting at 2024 Olympics

New Delhi, April 14 (IANS) Reigning Asian Games champion Palak secured India’s 20th Paris Olympic quota place by winning bronze in women’s 10m air pistol at the ISSF Final Olympic Qualification Championship in Rio De Janeiro. Palak displayed nerves of steel and finished with 217.6, clinching the quota after the 22nd shot.

Palak and Sainyam qualified for the final, with Palak starting unsteadily but showing resilience under pressure. Despite a shaky start, both Indians fought back admirably, while Saencha and Major posed tough competition. Palak took a lead over Major in the 19th shot and eventually secured the quota place with a strong finish.

Armenia’s Elmira Karapetyan won gold, and Thai teenager Kamonlak Saencha took silver along with the second quota place. Despite tough competition, Palak managed to hold her own and secure India’s 20th quota place for the Paris Olympics. This achievement adds to India’s growing success in shooting sports on the international stage.

The pressure was high as Palak and Sainyam faced tough opponents in the final. Palak’s strong finish and ability to hold her own against experienced competitors demonstrated her skill and determination. With this victory, Palak has cemented her status as a top contender in women’s 10m air pistol shooting.

Palak’s performance in the ISSF Final Olympic Qualification Championship highlights India’s strength in shooting sports. With Palak securing the 20th Paris Olympic quota place, the country’s shooters are poised to make an impact at the upcoming Olympic Games. India’s success in shooting at the international level continues to grow, with talented athletes like Palak leading the charge towards excellence in the sport.

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