Apurvi Chandela claims gold in Sardar Sajjan Singh Sethi Masters

Apurvi Chandela beat a strong field in which the World Cup bronze medallist and former Asian Champion Pooja Ghatkar was reduced to the bronze medal.

Apurvi Chandela beat Anjum Moudgil by 1.7 point to claim the gold medal.   -  Sandeep Saxena

Olympian Apurvi Chandela asserted her class as she beat Anjum Moudgil by 1.7 point to win the women’s air rifle in the 11th Sardar Sajjan Singh Sethi Masters Shooting Championship at the Dr. Karni Singh Range, Tughlakabad, on Saturday.

The 24-year-old, who had won the World Cup Final silver in 2015, beat a strong field in which the World Cup bronze medallist and former Asian Champion Pooja Ghatkar was reduced to the bronze medal.

Qualification topper Suma Shirur was placed fourth ahead of Mampi Das, Dilreen Gill, Tejaswani Sawant and Simrat Chahal.

A pioneer in women’s rifle, Anjali Bhagwat missed the final by 0.8 point and was followed by Shriyanka Sadangi and Meghana Sajjanar.

Mehuli Ghosh did well to win the junior and youth gold medals ahead of Manini Kaushik.

In men’s air rifle, Hriday Hazarika swept three gold medals as he clinched the juniors and youth titles as well, in back to back finals.

World Cup finalist Deepak Kumar who topped with an impressive score of 627.2 was placed fourth ahead of Sanjeev Rajput. The World University champion Akhil Sheoran missed the final and placed tenth with 617.1.

In women’s sports pistol, Gauri Sheoran clinched the gold after qualifying in the eighth place with a modest score of 570. She beat Olympian Annu Raj Singh for the gold, and beat Muskan for the junior honour.

Olympian and World Cup gold medallist Rahi Sarnobat, who topped the qualification with 576, one point ahead of Surabhi Pathak, placed sixth.

In men’s 50-metre free pistol, Arjun clinched the gold ahead of Kisto Lang and Gurpal Singh. Om Prakash, who also scored 554, like Arjun, was placed eighth. Olympian Prakash Nanjappa, who had scored best among all in both air pistol and free pistol during the recent World Cup at the same venue, despite competing only in the MQS section, was undone by a second card of 88, as he returned a total of 553. He was placed sixth eventually behind Arjun Das and Omkar Singh.

Surinder Singh won the junior gold by beating Anmol Jain and Arjun Singh Cheema.

The results:

10m air rifle: Men: 1. Hriday Hazarika 250.7 (617.8); 2. Om Kubal 249.5 (617.7); 3. Satyendra Singh 227.6 (618.3). Juniors: 1. Hriday Hazarika 250.2 (617.8); 2. Vinay Patil 244.5 (616.9); 3. Shivam Kumar 222.1 (613.8). Youth: 1. Hriday Hazarika 246.8 (617.8); 2. Shivam Kumar 245.9(613.8); 3. Sachet Pinnanath 224.2 (617.5). 50m free pistol: Men: 1. Arun 226.1 (554); 2. Kisto Lang 217.5 (549); 3. Gurpal Singh 203.8 (548). Juniors: 1. Surinder Singh 225.5 (537); 2. Anmol Jain 223.0 (549); 3. Arjun Singh Cheema 202.7 (562).

10m air rifle: Women: 1. Apurvi Chandela 249.9 (414.9); 2. Anjum Moudgil 248.2 (415.8); 3. Pooja Ghatkar 227.3 (414.8). Juniors: 1. Mehuli Ghosh 248.7 (412.5); 2. Manini Kaushik 247.7(411.7); 3. Prachi Gadkari 226.0 (413.5). Youth: 1. Mehuli Ghosh 245.8(412.5; 2. Manini Kaushik 245.8 (411.7); 3. Shraddha Thumar 223.5 (409.1). 25m sports pistol: Women: 1. Gauri Sheoran 32 (570); 2. Annu Raj Siingh 30 (571); 3. Muskan 28 (574). Juniors: 1. Gauri Sheoran 28 (570); 2. Muskan 27 (574); 3. Chinki Yadav 17 (570).