Olympic champion Abhinav Bindra
on Sunday wins gold in 10m Air Rifle event at Asian Air Gun Championship.
The September 27-30 event precedes the Asian Shooting Championship at Kuwait in November - the last event for shooters from the continent to win quota places before the quadrennial sporting extravaganza begins in less than a year from now.
"It will be good preparation for Rio. I'll be using this competition as preparation for future. I am training everyday. The range looks better, the lights are more constant," Bindra, India's lone individual Olympic gold medal winner, had said when asked about the significance of the tournament.
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The Indian stars will be up against the likes of world number 5 in men's 10m air pistol, Vladimir Issachenko of Kazakhstan and world number 6 in women's 10m air rifle, Elaheh Ahmadi of Iran.
Other top international shooters participating include Yu Jaechul and Hye Jin Lee of Korea, Rashid Yunumetsov and Yuriy Yurkov of Kazakhstan, Najmeh Khidmati, Narje Emamgholi and Hossein Bagheri of Iran, SER Xiang Wei Jasmine of Singapore and the 15-year old talent from Tajikistan, Malika Lagutenko.
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India have so far bagged eight Rio quota places. They had won 11 quota places before London 2012 and the National Rifle Association of India President Raninder Singh's stated aim is to go one better as the bare minimum for Rio 2016.
A total of 180 shooters from 14 Asian countries will be participating in the four-day competition, with hosts India fielding the largest squad of 56 shooters across the senior, youth and junior segments.
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