New Delhi, Feb 27:
Indian shooter Anish Bhanwala finished a disappointing fifth in the men’s 25 metre rapid fire pistol category at the ISSF World Cup, here on Tuesday. Olympic Champion Christian Reitz of Germany won the title.
The 16-year-old had registered a career best and national record score of 588 to qualify for the final.
In the six-man final, Bhanwala had a steady start before losing his way. Anish was fourth after three hits each in the opening two series. He had a perfect five in the next series that propelled him to third.
The deafening applause perhaps got to him as he could only manage one hit in the next series to go down to the bottom two. But he survived by beating Christian Bessaguet of France in the elimination shoot-off.
The Frenchman hit three shots on target and Anish four. Battling for survival, the teenager had another poor show in the next series as he could only hit the target twice.
Reitz showed the Delhi crowd why he is regarded so highly in the world of shooting, missing just five targets out of a possible 40 in the final to put it across the reigning world champion and world number one Lin Junmin of China 35-31.
Former world champion Kim Junhong of South Korea took the bronze medal with a score of 22.