Teen sensation Anish Bhanwala finished without a medal in the men’s 25m rapid fire pistol at the 2018 Asian Games in Palembang, Indonesia.
15-year-old Anish, who had won the gold the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast earlier this year, could not qualify for the final, finishing 9th with a score of 576/600.
Anish shot 293/300 in stage 1 of the qualification held on Friday but he could not repeat his fine performance in stage 2 on Saturday, missing the final by three points.
Another Indian in the fray, Shivam Shukla, registered a washout and ended 11th with 569.
China’s Yao Zhaonan won the gold with a Games record of 34 while another Chinese Lin Junmin won the silver with 33. Korea’s Kim Junhong took the bronze with 29.
“I was under pressure yesterday but not today. I just shot badly. It can happen sometimes. I am disappointed but need to move on,” said, Anish looking ahead with the ISSF World Championships beginning in Changwon, Korea on August 31.
“There were expectations but like I said, in shooting it is all about how you perform on the day. I could not do it today and I will try to do better at the Worlds,” added Anish, who took the failure sportingly.
India has so far won nine medals in shooting at the Games.
Men’s 25m Rapid Fire Pistol: 1. Yao Zhaonan (China) 34 GR (585), 2. Lin Junmin (China) 33 (588); 3. Junhong Kim (Korea) 29 (589); 9. Anish Bhanwala (India) 576; 11. Shivam Shukla (India) 569.