Munich: Young Manu Bhaker secured India its seventh Olympic quota in shooting with a fourth-place finish in the women’s 10m air pistol event of the ISSF World Cup here on Wednesday, putting behind the disappointment of pistol malfunction in her earlier event. While a score of 201.0 in the final got India a quota for the 2020 Tokyo Games, the 17-year-old Bhaker missed out on a medal by the narrowest of margins, trailing reigning Olympic and world champion Anna Korakaki of Greece by a mere 0.1 point at that stage. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach ArunWinner of multiple medals at top global events, Bhaker finished third in qualification with a total of 582 points (28 x inner 10s), shooting a solid 98 in her last two rounds. On Monday, Bhaker suffered a heartbreak as she missed out on the podium after a weapon malfunction saw her slip to fifth spot after leading the field. Yashaswini Singh Deswal, a junior World Cup winner, was also on course to make the final before a poor series of 92 in the final set saw her slip to 22nd with a total of 574 (17 x inner 10s). Heena Sidhu, the third Indian in the fray, was placed 45th with a total of 570 (13 x inner 10s). Korakaki and the bronze winning Korean Kim Minjung were not eligible from the start, having exhausted either their individual or country quotas in earlier competitions. Also Read – Bastian Schweinsteiger announces retirement, could join Germany set-upBhaker shared the two available quotas with the silver winning Chinese athlete Qian Wei. The gold winning score was 241.4, silver was decided at 239.6 while bronze was won at 220.8. India have now picked up two Olympic quotas from the ongoing World Cup as well as three gold medals to lead the medal tally with one more day to go. Sunidhi Chauhan gave a good account of herself in the women’s 50m rifle 3 positions event, losing out on a maiden ISSF World Cup finals berth on account of lesser inner 10s. Needing to be among the top eight to qualify for the final, Sunidhi shot a creditable 1175 to tie on points with the 6th, 7th and 8th placed shooters, but Italian former world champion Petra Zublasing edged her out for the last spot with 57-inner 10 counts to Sunidhi’s 51.
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BRAZILIAN ACTIVISTS ARE said to have stormed a laboratory in the southeastern state of Sao Paulo and freed some 200 Beagle dogs used for drug testing.Most of the animals had their skins shaven and one was found dead, frozen in liquid nitrogen and with signs of mutilation, according to reports carried by websites of the dailies Folha de Sao Paulo and O Estado de Sao Paulo.Rat fetuses were also found during the operation which occurred at the Royal Institute lab located in Sao Roque, 60 kilometres from Sao Paulo. Police made no arrests.The lab was not available for comment.Giulana Stefanini, one of the animal rights protesters who took part in the action, was quoted as saying that one of the beagles “was found with no eyes.”Ahead of their action, the activists went to police to complain of alleged mistreatment of animals at the lab, but they said no action was taken.The lab cancelled a meeting with the protesters at the last minute and described the invasion as “an act of terrorism,” insisting that its activities are monitored by Brazil’s Health Surveillance Agency, according to O Estado.Animal testing for scientific research is legal in Brazil and is regulated in line with international norms.- © AFP, 2012Read: Irish Wildlife Trust calls on public to help change animal welfare bill>