Gagan leads men’s rifle event at national championship

Gagan Narang shot 1,170 to lead the finalists in the men’s rifle 3-position event in the 59th National shooting championship at the Dr. Karni Singh Range, Tughlakabad, on Monday.

Gagan shot 392 in kneeling, 397 in prone and 381 in the standing position to match the score that he had shot in the Gabala World Cup this season   -  V. V. Subrahmanyam

Gagan Narang shot 1,170 to lead the finalists in the men’s rifle 3-position event in the 59th National shooting championship at the Dr. Karni Singh Range, Tughlakabad, on Monday.

After having won a silver in air rifle in which he has won both his Olympic and World Championship medals, and a bronze in the prone, in which he has won the Olympic quota place, Gagan enhanced his chances of a gold in the ongoing championship with a solid performance in the three-position event.

Gagan shot 392 in kneeling, 397 in prone and 381 in the standing position to match the score that he had shot in the Gabala World Cup this season. Gagan had shot 1,171 in the Munich World Cup this year, and had shot 1,171 in the World Championship last year.

He led by five points ahead of Chain Singh and Swapnil Kusale, even though it would not matter as all the finalists would start on zero on the morrow. Sanjeev Rajput (1,165), who had shot a national record 1,176 on way to winning a berth for the London Games, Satyendra Singh (1,164), NP Parida (1,162), Imran Hasan Khan (1,159) and Deepak Kumar (1,155) were the others to confirm their berth in the final.

Swapnil Kusale who had won men’s prone gold ahead of Chain Singh, clinched the junior gold, 33 points ahead of Akhil Sheoran.

In women’s air rifle, World Cup Final silver medallist Apurvi Chandela, who has also won the Olympic quota, led with a total of 417. Two of the prominent shooters who will be competing in the Asian Olympic qualification event here in January, Ayonika Paul (412.5) and Elizabeth Susan Koshy (409.8) could not be among the leaders in the race for the finals.

Vinita Bhardwaj (416.7), Aditi Shukla (414.4), Prachi Gadkari (413.8), Shalini chahar (412.8), Aayushi Gupta (412.8), Kiranjit Kaur (412.6); Avneet Sidhu (412.6), Suma Shirur (412.5) followed Apurvi in that order, with more shooters set to shoot the qualification on the morrow before the final.

Meanwhile, in the National shotgun championship in Jaipur, former Asian champion Man Singh led in men’s skeet with two perfect rounds of 25. He was followed by Gurudat Singh (48), Anantjeet Singh Naruka (48), Mohd. Sheeraz Sheikh (47), Olympic quota winner Mairaj Ahmad Khan (47), Abbas Ansari (46), Sukhbir Singh Harika (46), Angad Vir Singh Bajwa (46) were the others at the top.

The results:

50m rifle 3-position: Junior men: 1. Swapnil Kusale 1166; 2. Akhil Sheoran 1133; 3. Bishal Kumar Nonia 1131.