61st National shooting championships: Anisa Sayyed wins 25m air pistol gold

Anisa Sayyed held to her status as one of the premier pistol shooters in the country, winning the women's 25m air pistol gold medal in the 61st National shooting championships at the National Games shooting range in Thiruvananthapuram on Tuesday.

Anisa Sayyed grabbed the top spot in the women's 25m air pistol event in the 61st National shooting championships. (File Picture)   -  Sandeep Saxena

Anisa Sayyed held to her status as one of the premier pistol shooters in the country, winning the women's 25m air pistol gold medal in the 61st National shooting championships at the National Games shooting range here on Tuesday.

The Haryana shooter, who was third with a score of 576 in qualification - behind Heena Sidhu (561) and Rani Sarnobat (578) - proved to be in great form as she shot a consistent score of 33 in the final for the gold medal, erasing the existing National record of 28 set by Annu Raj Singh in Brisbane earlier this year.

Shital Shivaji Thorat (Maharashtra) came second with 30 points pushing Rani (28) to the third position. Maharashtra emerged first in the team event with a total of 1714 points ahead of ONGC (1707) and Haryana (1700). In the junior women’s section, Chinki Yadav (Madhya Pradesh) grabbed the top spot with a National record bettering performance of 31, a good seven points clear of the old record, leaving Gauri Sheoran (Haryana, 28) and Saee Ashok Godbole (Maharashtra, 20) in the second and third places respectively.

Haryana took the gold in the team event of junior women’s category with 1686 points ahead of Tamil Nadu (1652) and Maharashtra (1641).

Swapnil grabs gold

On Monday, Swapnil Suresh Kusale (Railway) overhauled the existing National record as he collared the gold medal in the men’s 50m rifle 3 positions.

The Railway shooter, who had finished fourth in qualification, was four points clear of second-placed Satyendra Singh (Army) at the end of the final, totalling 457.0 as against 452.8 returned by the Army gunman. Kusale obliterated the existing record of 456.1, set by Sanjeev Rajput in 2013.

Olympian Chain Singh, who has had a disappointing tournament, was forced to settle for bronze with 439.8 ahead of Anil Sheoran (Uttar Pradesh), the leader of the qualifying field with a total of 1166.0 over the three positions – kneeling, prone and standing.

Chain Singh was second at that stage with 1164.0, while Surendra Singh Rathod and Swapnil had an identical card of 1163.0.

Army Marksmanship takes the honours

In the team event, the Army Marksmanship Unit was head and shoulders above the rest, finishing on top with a total of 3472.0 points. Indian Air Force was second with 3458.0 and Indian Navy third at 3443.0.

In the junior category, Nishant Dalal (Haryana) was bang on target as he took gold with a new National record to boot. The Haryanvi shooter, who was hardly challenged in the final, finished with a total of 446.7 erasing the existing mark of 442.1, set by Subhankar Pramanick in Pune last year.

Fateh Singh Dhillon (Punjab) took silver with 443.1 after Harshit Banjwa (Madhya Pradesh) was forced to settle for the third spot with 432.2.

Fortune favours Anish

In the 25m Centre Fire pistol, Anish Bhanwala (Haryana) and Yogesh Singh (Indian Navy) had an identical tally of 582.0 over three rounds each of rapid and precision, but in the countback, luck was to favour the Haryana youngster, who last week had won the 25m rapid fire pistol. Anhand Jawanda (Punjab) followed the leaders in the third position, two points behind.

Haryana also took to the top of the podium in the team event with a total of 1734.0 and was followed by Indian Navy (1725.0) and Punjab (1719.0) in that order.