India’s Ankur Dhama failed to qualify for the final of the 1,500-metre race at the Rio Paralympics on Sunday despite finishing second in the heats. Dhama clocked four minutes and 37.61 seconds in Heat 1 , behind Turkey’s Semih Deniz, who won with four minutes and 11.75 seconds. Dhama missed the cut for the final as only the group winners and three fastest losers in the heats qualified.
However, Dhama, who is blind, has filed an official complaint with the help of the Sports Ministry that his guide runner Vipin was pushed by Deniz owing to which he lost precious time, according to a report by Sportskeeda. The International Paralympic Committee will take the decision on Monday.
Pooja secures 29th rank in archery
In the women’s recurve archery ranking round, Pooja finished 29th after scoring 513 points. She will now face Poland's Milena Olszewska on Thursday in the round of 32. In the first six series, Pooja ended with 270 points. However, in the next six, she could only secure 243 points.
Naresh Kumar misses shot
Ace shooter Naresh Kumar Sharma failed to make the final of the 10-metre air rifle prone shooting event after he finished 44th. He scored 100.6 points in the first four series and then shot 101.9 points to take his total to 202.5, which wasn’t enough to ensure a place in the final.