Anant Jeet shoots gold in shotgun championships

Anant Jeet Singh Naruka beat two of the best skeet shooters in the country, Asian champion Man Singh and Olympic quota winner Mairaj Ahmad Khan, on his way to the gold in the 59th National shotgun championship at the Jagatpura shooting range here on Wednesday. With the shots echoing from the mountains, to match the intensity of the competition on a sunny evening, it was high-quality entertainment for the packed gathering.

Men's skeet medalists in the National shotgunchampionship,(from left), Angad Vir Singh Bajwa, champion Anant Jeet Singh Naruka and Man Singh, in Jaipur, on Wednesday.

Anant Jeet Singh Naruka beat two of the best skeet shooters in the country, Asian champion Man Singh and Olympic quota winner Mairaj Ahmad Khan, on his way to the gold in the 59th National shotgun championship at the Jagatpura shooting range here on Wednesday.

With the shots echoing from the mountains, to match the intensity of the competition on a sunny evening, it was high-quality entertainment for the packed gathering.

It was the first time that the 17-year-old Anant Jeet was competing among the men and he was thrilled to emerge champion, as he beat another junior Angad Vir Singh Bajwa 14-13 in the gold contest.

The two boys were tied with Man Singh on 14 in the semi-finals, and only two could vie for the top two medals. Both the boys shot all the four birds in the shoot-off, while Man Singh, who had topped the qualification with an impressive 123, missed one.

“It is a great feeling to win the senior gold on the first attempt,” said Anant Jeet who had shot the junior bronze in the International Junior Cup this season, apart from the junior silver in the Asian shotgun championship last year.

Mairaj Khan had shot 122 in qualification but could not qualify for a medal fight as he lost the shoot-off to Gurjoat Singh 5-6 after the two tied on 13. Gurjoat gave a good fight to Man Singh, who had won the title two years ago in Delhi, and had missed the bronze in the shoot-off to Smit Singh last year in Patiala.

Interestingly, Anant Jeet lost the junior gold to Arjun Mann, later in the evening.

“I was tired and could not focus after the gold in the men’s event. I had come to the range at 8 a.m. I have won a bronze and three silver among the juniors, and never a gold,” pointed out Anant Jeet, a twelfth standard of Jayshree Periwal International School.

The 20-year-old Angad Vir Singh Bajwa, who shot for the national team in the World Cups in Larnaca (117) and Acapulco (114) this season, won the junior bronze. It was the second medal for Angad among the men, as he had won the bronze in the National Games in Kerala behind Smit Singh and Mairaj Ahmad Khan.

Defending champion Parampal Singh Guron shot 113 and missed the final by three points. Smit Singh shot 114 and missed the final by two points. Amrinder Singh Cheema, who will be shooting the Asian Olympic quota event in Delhi in January, along with Angad Vir Singh Bajwa and Man Singh, shot 111 for 14th place.

In a vintage collection of former champions for the veterans event, Paramjit Singh Sodhi, a friendly coach for many a budding talent, shot the gold as he beat former national champion Rahoul Rai 12-10. In another battle of former national champions, Harinder Singh Sandhu beat Rajpal Singh Kochhar for the bronze.

The results:

Skeet:

Men: 1. Anant Jeet Singh Natuka 14 (14)4 (116); 2. Angad Vir Singh Bajwa 13 (14)4 (117); 3. Man Singh 14 (14)3 (123); 4. Gurjoat singh 13 (13)6 (116); 5. Mairaj Ahmad Khan 13(5) 122; 6. Mohd. Sheeraz Sheikh 12 (116).

Juniors: 1. Arjun Mann 12 (14) 111; 2. Anant Jeet Singh Naruka 10(14) 116; 3. Angad Vir Singh Bajwa 14 (12) 117; Mohd. Hamza Sheikh 12 (13) 113.

Veterans: 1. Paramjit Singh Sodhi 12 (10) 91; 2. Rahoul Rai 10 (14) 98; 3. HS Sandhu 9 (7) 90; 4. Rajpal Singh Kochhar 8 (7) 95.