… two more athletes exit the games

Thinley Namgay

Bhutanese shooter Tandin Wangchuk, 21, couldn’t proceed to the top eight in the 10-metre air pistol individual match yesterday at the ongoing Asian Games in Hangzhou, China.

It was a tough competition as Tandin faced the best shooters from Asia with numerous international tournament experience.

Fifty-six shooters from more than 30 countries competed, of which only eight were selected for the final.

Tandin Wangchuk

Tandin Wangchuk managed 536 points. However, it wasn’t enough to book the final spot. The scores of the top eight shooters from China, South Korea, Malaysia, Vietnam, India, Uzbekistan, and Saudi Arabia range between 578 and 582 points.

All contestants shot 60 pellets in 1 hour and 15 minutes, each worth 10.9 points, resulting in a total of 654 points.

The points were automatically calculated by the system whenever it hit the target which has point rings between seven and 10.9.

Tandin Wangchuk said that he tried his best and was optimistic about performing better in future international competitions. “I am glad that I participated in this mega sporting event along with the experienced shooters.”

He is determined to train harder hereafter. With the elimination of Tandin, two Bhutanese shooters have exited the Games.

Taekwondo athlete Nima Wangdi also lost against Duisebay Smaiyl of Kazakhstan 2-0 in the men’s +80kg weight category yesterday. All four taekwondo athletes competing at the Games were now eliminated.

As of yesterday, 14 of the 26 athletes have exited the Games. The remaining 12 athletes will compete in recurve and compound archery, golf, badminton, karate, and athletics.