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Shooters, hockey teams disappoint

Shooter Abhinav Bindra narrowly missed out on a medal in his Olympic swansong as the men’s hockey team suffered a late 1-2 defeat to Germany, while the women’s hockey side was thrashed 0-3 by Britain in group stages in a disappointing Monday’s campaign for India at the Rio Games here.

Adding to the disappointment was archer Laxmirani Majhi, who crashed out in the Round of 32 eliminators.

Bindra, India’s sole individual Olympic gold medallist, finished fourth in the final of the men’s 10 metre Air Rifle final at the Olympic Shooting Centre here on Monday.

Bindra started well, but a couple of wayward shots cost him dearly as he lost in the bronze medal play-off to finish fourth with a total score of 163.8.

Monday’s disappointment will see the curtains come down on the glittering career of the 2008 Beijing Olympics gold medallist as he had earlier announced that he will retire after the Rio Olympics.

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