London Olympics: Ronjan Sodhi crashes out of double trap qualifiers

first_imgRonjan Sodhi disappointed the large Indian gathering at the Royal Artillery Barracks as he succumbed under pressure and shot a 134/150 to finish 11th in the double trap event on Thursday.On a day when the elements had a say, with the light conditions changing, a strong breeze blowing across from the left and crowds cheering loudly, Ronjan began superbly by busting 48 out of the 50 orange targets.People had already begun speculating if he would be shooting in the final at 3 pm local time. However, in the eventual analysis, Ronjan’s inability to make the final was more than the proverbial miss by a whisker.As one who shoots with a cool head and does not let pressure affect him, Ronjan fumbled repeatedly on Thursday when he was on the first shooting station.”I don’t know what went wrong on station one as I repeatedly missing from there,” said Ronjan.With Britain’s Richard Faulds also shooting in the same group as Ronjan, the crowds were vocal. Shooting range etiquette demands that when the action is on, there is silence.Perhaps, in the name of cheering the local man, the Britons were a bit too loud. Despite the big ear plug, Ronjan was getting distracted.But the worst came from him in the third series where he slumped and shot a mere 42 out of 50. Had Ronjan been able to shoot two points more, he would have aggregated 136 and made the final.What was distressing on Thursday was how Ronjan dropped a double on the 23rd series. After that he again missed two singles and was done in.advertisementFrom sports minister Ajay Maken to former international shooter and Indian Olympic Association (IOA) secretary general Randhir Singh, everyone was disappointed.What was baffling on this day was how on eight occasions in the first station at the A, B and C ranges, Ronjan bungled. It’s a jinx which he alone can explain.Trap shooter Manavjit Sandhu was also watching the event from the sidelines. “This is a sport and it boils down to what happens on that day. I think Ronjan missing birds repeatedly on the first station was an indicator something was amiss,” said Manavjit.Manavjit will be shooting the trap event on August 5 and 6.Speaking to Mail Today, Ronjan’s personal coach Moraad Ali Khan said: “It was a day when Ronjan began well. But once you start missing targets, there is little you can do.”Moraad also said that as it was Ronjan’s first Olympics, the pressure was understandable.In the rapid fire event, where half course was completed, Vijay Kumar shot 293/300 and was placed fifth. The remainder 30 shots and the final will be held on Friday.last_img

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