Gagan Narang wins World Cup bronze, secures quota for Rio Olympics


Infosportsworld : Gagan Narang won the bronze medal in the 50m Rifle Prone Event of the ISSF World Cup at Fort Benning in US, and he earning himself a quota place for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Gagan Narang, who won the bronze medal in 10m Rifle at the London Olympics, shot 185.8 overall to secure his third place behind gold medallist Michael McPhail (208.8 points) of US and Ole Kristian Bryhn (206.3) of Norway.

Before the competition, Narang and India’s only individual Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra, has failed to qualify for the 10m Rifle final.

Apurvi Chandela had secured the quota place by winning the bronze medal in the 10m Rifle at World Cup in Korea last month April.

Gagan Narang is the third Indian shooter to make the cut for the Rio Olympics after Jitu Rai and Apurvi Chandela.

For this Olympic season each country can win a maximum of 30 quota places from a total of 15 shooting disciplines (including shot gun events), two each from each discipline.