Asian Shotgun Ch'ship: Seema Tomar wins silver

Seema Tomar won a silver medal at the sixth Asian shotgun championship in Abu Dhabi before helping India win gold in the team event


Seema Tomar lost the gold medal to Sarah Alhawal by two points. (File photo from 2011)   -  Sandeep Saxena

Seema Tomar shot an Asian record -- 74 out of 75 -- in women’s trap to win a silver medal in the sixth Asian shotgun championship in Abu Dhabi on Thursday.

After shooting 25, 24 and 25 in the qualification phase -- four points more than Sarah Alhawal of Kuwait, who competed as an independent shooter, and Ray Bassil of Lebanon, Seema continued her good form to top the semifinals with 14 out 15. She was two points clear of Sarah.

However, in the gold medal match, Sarah pipped Seema 13 to 11.

"I was totally focused here thanks to coach Marcello Dradi. In Delhi, I had hard training with coach Anwer Sultan," said Seema.

Seema, a World Cup silver medallist, also helped the team to the gold medal, with Rajeshwari Kumari (68) and Shreyasi Singh (64), three points ahead of the Kuwaitis. Qatar took the bronze.

Rajeshwari also made the knock-out but lost the bronze medal 10-12 to Ray Bassil.

In men’s trap, Prithviraj Tondaiman led the field with three perfect rounds of 25. He was one point ahead of former World Champion Khaled Almudhaf of Kuwait, who competed as an independent shooter.

Zorawar Singh (73) and young Olympian Kynan Chenai (68) finished fourth and 16th respectively with two more rounds left before the knock-out on the morrow.

The results:

Women’s trap: 1. Sarah Alhawal (ISP) 13 (12) 70; 2. Seema Tomar 11 (14) 74; 3. Ray Bassil (Lib) 12 (11) 70; 4. Rajeshwari Kumari 10 (11) 68; 12. Shreyasi Singh 64.

Team: 1. India 206; 2. ISB 203; 3. Qatar 190.

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