Chinki Yadav pips Rahi Sarnobat for gold

Chinki Yadav beat two Olympians and World Cup gold medallists, Rahi Sarnobat and Heena Sidhu, in winning the women’s 25-metre sports pistol gold in the 17th All India Kumar Surendra Singh memorial shooting championship.

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Chinki Yadav beat two Olympians and World Cup gold medallists, Rahi Sarnobat and Heena Sidhu, in winning the women’s 25-metre sports pistol gold in the 17th All India Kumar Surendra Singh memorial shooting championship at the Dr. Karni Singh Range, Tughlakabad, here on Thursday.

It was an impressive performance by the 20-year-old Chinki, who is coached by Jaspal Rana and Ved Prakash, as she beat Rahi, the qualification topper, 34-30. Heena, the air pistol specialist, had missed the silver by one point.

Rahi did her best in the qualification phase, featuring 61 shooters, as she topped with a score of 583, with 297 in rapid fire section.

In the junior final, Gauri Sheoran took the gold, ahead of Muskan and Chinki Yadav.

There was more surprise in the men’s 50-metre free pistol, as World Championship silver medallist and Asian Games gold medallist, Jitu Rai ended up eighth, after qualifying in the second place in a field of 100 shooters. Tinjit Dhanota beat Arjun Singh Cheema and Gurpal Singh for the gold. Interestingly, all the three eventual medallists had scored 550 in qualification.

Another Olympian, Prakash Nanjappa, who had qualified in the third place, finished fifth as he lost the race for a medal by 0.2 point. Omkar Singh finished seventh and Deepak Malik who had topped qualification with 562 finished fourth.

Arjun Singh Cheema, who lost the men’s gold by 0.3 point, took the silver in the junior section as well, behind Anmol Jain.

The results:

Men: 50m free pistol: 1. Tinjit Dhanota 230.3 (550); 2. Arjun Singh Cheema 230.0 (550); 3. Gurpal Singh 206.6 (550).

Juniors: 1. Anmol Jain 224.2 (547); 2. Arjun Singh Cheema 222.8 (550); 3. Shubham Baliyan 202.4 (536).

Women: 25m sports pistol: 1. Chinki Yadav 34 (572); 2. Rahi Sarnobat 30 (583); 3. Heena Sidhu 27 (579).

Juniors: 1. Gauri Sheoran 31 (559); 2. Muskan 27 (574); 3. Chinki Yadav 24 (572).

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