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Asian Olympic Qualifiers 2024: Rhythm Sangwan wins 16th Olympic Quota for Paris Olympics with a Bronze Medal in the Women’s 25m Pistol Event

At the Asian Shooting Championships 2024 in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Thursday, Rhythm Sangwan won the bronze medal in the women’s 25-meter pistol event, securing an Olympic quota for India for Paris 2024. In shooting for the next Olympics, this was India’s 16th quota, breaking the previous record of 15 for the Tokyo 2020 Games. In the 25-meter pistol final, Republic of Korea shooters Jiin Yang and Yeji Kim fired 41/50 and 32/50 for gold and silver, respectively, while Rhythm Sangwan had to settle for bronze with a score of 28/45. For the Paris Olympics, a nation may receive up to two quotas in any one event. The Olympic quotas went to Chinese Taipei and India because South Korea had already earned two quotas in the women’s 25-meter pistol from prior qualifying events.

Athletes’ ability to compete in the Paris Games, however, is contingent upon their National Olympic Committees (NOCs) choosing them to represent their delegation in Paris in 2024. This is because NOCs hold the exclusive authority for representing their respective nations in the Olympic Games. With a total score of 588 in the quick and precision rounds, Rhythm Sangwan has won the qualification round. With a total score of 578, Divya TS, who was fighting for ranking points only (RPO), placed 11th. Even though Rhythm missed five of her first ten shots in the finals, she flirted with danger early on but was able to right the ship, get back on course, and finish strong. In addition, this is India’s greatest-ever Olympic quota in the sport—it has been awarded 16 times overall. India received fifteen quotas in the most recent Olympics held in Tokyo. In the Rio Olympics of 2016, India had secured twelve quotas.

Rhythm Sangwan career in 2023

Rhythm Sangwan is a Haryana-born Indian pistol shooter who was born on November 29, 2003. She often competes in 25m Pistol and 10m Air Pistol. At the 61st National Shooting Championship in Thiruvananthapuram, Rhythm won three gold medals in her very first national competition. She competed in the Madhya Pradesh State Shooting Academy’s Bhopal World Cup in 2023. She shattered the 29-year record held by 1996 Olympic silver medallist Diana Iorgova in May of 2023. At the ISSF World Cup in Baku, Rhythm scored 595 in the women’s 25-meter pistol qualification round. Diana had shot 594 during the May 1994 World Cup in Milan. She also won India’s bronze in the 10m Air Pistol. At the 2023 Sportstar Aces Awards, Rhythm was recognized as the Best Young Achiever (Girl). She is aware that not everyone is fortunate enough to have access to opportunities. “Many women find it challenging to even begin participating in sports, much less keep up with them.

Even though her role model has already won an Olympic bronze, Rhythm is eager to get on her first Summer Games flight. Additionally, it would be ideal if she could follow Mary’s path through Paris and return with a medal to India, as medals have eluded shooters since Vijay Kumar and Gagan Narang took home silver and bronze in London 2012.

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