Kumar Surendra Singh Shooting Championship: Tomar wins double gold

Tomar had 45 shots twice in the two finals for a marathon day.

Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar

Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar, who won both the men's and junior rifle 50-metre 3-position gold medals in the Kumar Surendra Singh shooting championship in Delhi on Saturday.   -  Kamesh Srinivasan

Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar came up with a classic double in the most gruelling 50-metre rifle 3-position event in the 19th Kumar Surendra Singh shooting championship at the Dr. Karni Singh Range, Tughlaqabad, on Saturday.

The 18-year-old Tomar who is coached by former world record holder and Olympic finalist Suma Shirur for the last two years, was not too pleased with the qualification score of 1160, but shot both the men’s and junior final with a touch of assurance to bag both the gold medals.

Tomar shot 453.5 in the men’s final to beat Kailash Chand of Army by 0.7 point.

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Olympian and World Cup gold medallist Sanjeev Rajput, who had topped qualification with 1165, finished fourth behind Ashish Gautam of Air Force.

World Cup gold medallist Akhil Sheoran was fifth while other leading shooters like Gagan Narang, Deepak Kumar and Ravi Kumar placed sixth to eighth in that order.

In the junior final, Tomar won with a better total of 454.1, and beat Harshit Binjwa by four points.

‘’It was good in prone and standing positions, but the kneeling score was not good’’, said Tomar, who has a personal best of 1173 in qualification in the international competition in Czech Republic.

 ‘’I did not expect to win both the gold medals. But, I had won all the three rifle gold medals for juniors in the national championship’’, said Tomar, speaking of his previous accomplishments.

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It was indeed a commendable fare, for shooting 120 shots in qualification in such tough conditions was a challenge in itself. On top of it, Tomar had 45 shots twice in the two finals for a marathon day.

Meanwhile, in the junior men’s sports pistol, World junior champion Vijayveer Sidhu pipped Adarsh Singh after both shot an identical score of 586. Vijay’s twin brother, Udhayveer, himself a World junior champion, was third ahead of Rajkumar Singh Sandhu.

In the women’s air rifle qualification, Mehuli Ghosh continued to assert her class with a total of 631.3, which was 0.2 point ahead of Aayushi Gupta. Shakti Chandra, Shreya Agrawal, Olympian Ayonika Paul, Shriyanka Sadangi, Aditi Shula and Meenakshi were the others to make the women’s final, which will be held on Sunday morning.

Vinita Bhardwaj and Meghana Sajjanar missed the final by 0.1 and 0.4 point respectively.

The results:
50m rifle 3-position:

Men:
1. Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar 453.5 (1160);
2. Kailash Chand 452.8 (1157);
3. Ashish Gautam 441.0 (1157).

Junior men:
1. Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar 454.1 (1160);
2. Harshit Binjwa 450.1 (1140);
3. Surya Pratap Singh Banshtu 432.2 (1133).

5m sports pistol:
Junior men:

1. Vijayveer Sidhu 586;
2. Adarsh Singh 586;
3. Udhayveer Sidhu 584.