National shooting championships: Mahaveer Singh bags gold

The Rajasthan shooter returned a card of 292 in precision and 297 in duelling to top the field in the 25m centre fire pistol event at the National shooting championships.

Mahaveer Singh won the gold medal with a score of 589.   -  Sandeep Saxena

Mahaveer Singh of Rajasthan compiled a total of 589 through the two rounds of 25m centre fire pistol to bag the gold medal in the 62nd National shooting championships at the Vattiyoorkavu National Games ranges on Thursday.

The Rajasthan shooter returned a card of 292 in precision and 297 in duelling to top the field ahead of Gurpreet Singh (Haryana) who finished at 586. Adarsh Singh (Haryana) too had a score of 586 but had to settle for the third spot on the count back.

In the 25m standard pistol, it was Vijayveer Sidhu of Chandigarh all the way as he won both the men’s and junior gold medals with a total of 575, one point clear of Anish Bhanwala and his Haryana team-mate Mandeep Singh (570) in both the events.

The results:

Men: 25 centre fire pistol: 1. Mahaveer Singh (Raj), 589, 2. Gurpreet Singh (Army), 586, 3. Adarsh Singh (Har), 586. Team: 1. Haryana, 1736, 2. Navy, 1724, 3. Punjab, 1714.

Men: 25m standard pistol: 1. Vijayveer Sidhu (Chd), 575, 2. Anish Bhanwala (Har), 574, 3. Mandeep Singh (Har), 570. Team: 1. Haryana, 1684, 2. Navy, 1684, 3. Maharashtra, 1677.

Juniors: 25m standard pistol: 1. Vijayveer Sidhu (Chd), 575, 2. Anish Bhanwala (Har), 574, 3. Mandeep Singh (Har), 570. Team: 1. Haryana, 1707, 2. Punjab, 1672, 3. Chandigarh, 1668.