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Shooting: India win three more quotas for Tokyo Olympics

DOHA -- Teenager Aishwarya Pratap Singh Tomar bagged India's 13th Olympic quota in shooting with a bronze in the men's 50m rifle 3 positions event at the 14th Asian Championship in Doha on Sunday. India then added two more quota places to its tally through Angad Vir Singh and Mairaj Ahmad in the men's skeet event. Angad and Mairaj won gold and silver, respectively to give India its best-ever quota haul.

India had 11 shooters at the 2012 London Olympics and 12 in Rio de Janiero in 2016.

Tomar, 18, shot 449.1 in the eight-man final to finish third on the podium behind gold medallist Kim Jonghyun (459.9) of Korea and Chinese Zhonghao Zhao (459.1) at the Lusail Shooting Complex. Tomar comfortably made the final of the event - which had three quota places on offer - with a 1168 score in the 120-shot qualifying.

Tomar is the second Indian, after veteran Sanjeev Rajput, to have got a quota place in the 3 positions event. He is a part of the junior team trained by Suma Shirur.

Hailing from an agricultural family in Ratanpur village in Madhya Pradesh's Khargone district, Tomar was first spotted by coaches during a camp in Bhopal in 2015. This is his first stint at the senior level, having broken through following a string of strong performances at the junior level. In July, Tomar shot down the men's rifle 3 positions junior world record on his way to winning gold, helping India top the medals tally at the ISSF Junior World Cup in Suhl, Germany.

He carried on that form, winning at the junior level in Asia and then beating the likes of Sanjeev Rajput in domestic competitions to stake a claim for selection in the senior team.

The final had a top-quality field, including a Chinese world number three and a Korean world number nine besides an experienced Yuri Yurkov of Kazakhstan and the in-form Mahyar Sedaghat of Iran.

There were two Chinese in the finals but they could not claim quotas as China had exhausted their maximum two in the event and Korea's Jonghyun had also sealed his quota at the Munich World Cup earlier in the year. That left the shooters from Iran, Kazakhstan, Mongolia and Thailand, besides Tomar, fighting for the three available Tokyo berths.

Enjoying a good run of form, Tomar had 151.7 after the first 15 kneeling position shots, 156.3 after the same number of shots in the prone position, before finishing with 449.1 to claim the bronze medal.

The Iranian and Kazakh claimed the other two quotas, finishing fifth and sixth respectively.

Tomar also won the team bronze in the event, combining with Chain Singh (1155) and Parul Kumar (1154). Individually, Singh finished 17th in the qualifications, while Parul Kumar was 20th.