Rio de Janeiro: London 2012 Champion Alin George Moldoveanu misfired badly in qualifying round failed to defence his men’s 10m air rifle title at the Rio 2016 Games on Monday.
Romania’s Olympic titleholder crashed out in qualifying, trailing in 19th at the Deodoro range outside Rio.
Another star name to fail to make the top eight who go through to the final was China’s Cao Yifei.
The world champion’s hopes were scuppered with a wayward final shot which left him slipping out of the short list to ninth.
Two who did make the cut were India’s Abhinov Bindra, the 2008 Beijing gold medallist, and Hungarian world record holder Peter Sidi.
Italy’s Niccolo Campriani, who produced the bets qualifying performance, is seeking to go one better after taking silver behind Moldoveanu four years ago.
The 10m air rifle is followed by the men’s trap final later Monday. – AFP