Anish Bhanwala topped the men’s 25-metre rapid fire pistol event, by beating Vijayveer Sidhu 31-29 in the National shooting selection trials at the Dr. Karni Singh Range, Tughalakabad.

Anish had qualified with a score of 583, before asserting himself in the two stages of the knock-out when the top eight get filtered for the medal positions.

In the junior section, Vijayveer prevailed over Anish 33-31, while Adarsh Singh jumped up to the third place, after a below par 565 in qualification.

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In men’s 50-metre free pistol, Gaurav Rana finished on top after shooting 553, the same score as Om Prakash Mitharval. Saurabh Chaudhary placed third, once point behind. Saurabh topped the junior event.

Varsha Singh won the junior women’s rapid fire pistol with a score of 542.

The results:

- Kamesh Srinivasan


The Indian team warmed up with 3-0 victory over Singapore in the inaugural match of the Asia-Oceania World Junior Tennis event at the DLTA Complex on Monday.

With captain Namita Bal lending admirable support, Sohini Mohanty andAishwarya Jadhav won their singles matches in contrasting style. Sohini beat Saina Vaidya 6-2, 6-4, while Aishwarya blanked Chanya K Ning Ng.

In the doubles, Sai Janvi served smart and combined well with Sohini to beat the Singapore pair for the loss of three games.

India will next play Hong Kong which was beaten 3-0 by the fourth seed Korea.

In group-A, Sri Lanka temporarily enjoyed being on top, as Australia was yet to play in the three-member group.

In group-D, Yasaman Yazdani played a vibrant game to win a rubber for Iran against third seed Uzbekistan, while Kazakhstan outplayed Nepal 3-0.

The International Tennis Federation (ITF) clarified to referee Puneet Gupta that four teams would qualify for the World Group from the Asia-Oceania zone. It was only three teams making the cut from the zone for the under-16 boys and girls events over the last fortnight.

The top two teams from each of the four groups will qualify for the quarterfinals, and entering semifinals would ensure entry for World Group competition scheduled later in the season.

The results:


- Kamesh Srinivasan


The leaders of all the eight groups had it easy in the women's first two round of matches in their respective groups on the opening day of the 83rd Senior Nationals and Inter-State table tennis championships here on Monday.

Petroleum Sports Promotion Board (PSPB), Railway Sports Promotion Board (RSPB), Bengal-A, Haryana, Maharashtra A, Tamizhaga Table Tennis Association (TTTA), Maharashtra-B and Karnataka scored facile victories over their opponents. However, a tough battle is expected among teams who would occupy the second spot in their groups.

While PSPB men scored 3-0 win over Goa and Maharashtra -B respectively in Group-A, its women's side brushed aside the challenge of TNTTA and Jharkhand with identical 3-0 margins in Group-D.

Before the inauguration, a two-minute silence was observed for the Tamil Nadu paddler D. Vishwa, who died in a road accident on Sunday.

- K. Keerthivasan