Anjum Moudgil tops National shooting selection trails

Anjum clinched the top spot in the event with a total of 460.2, beating World Cup silver medallist Lajja Gauswami by 3.7 points.

Anjum had topped the earlier trial with a better score in the qualification phase. (FILE IMAGE)   -  S. MAHINSHA

Anjum Moudgil prevailed in the women’s 50-metre rifle 3-position event yet again in the seventh National shooting selection trials at the Dr. Karni Singh Range, Tughlakabad, on Sunday.

After qualifying with a modest 1162, two points behind former World champion Tejaswini Sawant, Anjum clinched the top spot in the event with a total of 460.2, as she beat World Cup silver medallist Lajja Gauswami by 3.7 points.

Anjum had topped the earlier trial with a better score in the qualification phase.

Tejaswini slipped to the third spot, ahead of Ayushi Podder, Shreya Saksena, Anjali Bhagwat and KC Hema, while Bhakti Bhaskar Khamkar opted to skip the final.

In the junior event, Prasiddhi beat Ayushi Podder by 4.6 points for the top spot.

In the men’s 25-metre standard pistol, 17-year-old Vijayveer Sidhu put up a strong performance as he scored 587 out of 600 to beat his twin brother, and the topper of the earlier trial, Udhayveer, by 12 points. The two retained their position in the junior event as well.

It was a phenomenal jump for Vijayveer, after he had shot 570 in the sixth trial, the previous day.

Competition will continue with women’s air pistol and men’s centre fire pistol over the next two days, before the shooters get to train in the national camp to prepare for the Asian Championship schedule to be held in Doha, Qatar, in November.

The results:

Men

25m standard pistol: 1. Vijayveer Sidhu 587; 2. Udhayveer Sidhu 575; 3. Sunny Mansukhbhai Dudani 574.

Juniors: 1. Vijayveer Sidhu 587; 2. Udhayveer Sidhu 575; 3. Viraj Vijay Rokade 567.

Women

50m rifle 3-position: 1. Anjum Moudgil 460.2 (1162); 2. Lajja Gauswami 456.5 (1154); 3. Tejaswini Sawant 442.0 (1164).

Juniors: 1. Prasiddhi 449.9 (1147); 2. Ayushi Podder 445.3 (115); 3. Ashi Chouksey 436.0 (1145).