Meghana Sajjanar bags mixed gold for Karnataka

In partnership with Tejas Krishna Prasad, Meghna executed with precision to win at the 18th Kumar Surendra Singh shooting championship.

Tejas Krishna Prasad and Meghana Sajjanar in action.   -  Kamesh Srinivasan

Meghana Sajjanar was at her fighting best as she took Karnataka to the mixed air rifle gold, in partnership with Tejas Krishna Prasad, in the 18th Kumar Surendra Singh shooting championship at the Dr. Karni Singh Range, Tughlakabad, on Saturday.

After qualifying in the second place, 1.2 point behind Maharashtra, Karnataka jumped ahead into the lead in the climax of the final, after trailing a Punjab side which had Anjum Moudgil and Arjun Babuta.

Karnataka was strong at the finish and left Punjab behind to win by a 3.4 point margin. Meghana shot 250.3 with her 24 shots while Tejas came up with 245.6. Anjum had 246.6 and Arjun Babuta 245.9, which could give an idea about the high precision execution by Meghana, who had placed fourth in the Gabala World Cup last year.

Qualification topper Maharashtra, with Omkar Ukirde and Neha Bhane, had to settle for the bronze ahead of Madhya Pradesh, represented by Anil Kumar and Sapna Sonawane; and Haryana with Sahil and Vinita Bhardwaj.

'Youth gold'

Manini Kaushik and Divyansh Panwar, who placed sixth in the main event and thus missed the final, compensated adequately as they asserted their class by taking Rajasthan to the gold in both the junior and youth events.

The youth gold was a thriller, as Manini and Divyansh won by 0.1 point ahead of Aishwarya Tomar and Mansi Kathait of Madhya Pradesh, who enjoyed the best support from the cheering spectators.

Creditably, Manini and Divyansh beat Bengal’s Mehuli Ghosh and Amartya Mukherjee by 1.5 point for the junior gold. Commonwealth Games silver medallist, Mehuli was a class act, compiling a score of 252.8.

In the concurrently held fifth national selection trials, former national champion Anita Devi topped the women’s sports pistol ahead of Annu Raj Singh and Anisa Sayyed, even as the toppers Adarsh Singh and Ayush Sangwan opted out of the finals. Anisa had the satisfaction of reaching 580 in qualification.

Abidnya Patil won the junior event, ahead of Arunima Gaur and Muskan.

The results:

Mixed team 10m air rifle:

Karnataka [Tejas Krishna Prasad, Meghana Sajjanar, 495.9 (832.7)];

Punjab [Anjum Moudgil, Arjun Babuta 492.5 (831.0)];

Maharashtra [Omkar Ukirde, Neha Bhane 429.9 (833.9)]

Juniors:

Rajasthan [Manini Kaushik, Divyansh Panwar 497.3 (832.7)];

West Bengal [Mehuli Ghosh, Amartya Mukherjee 495.8 (827.5)];

Madhya Pradesh [Aishwarya Tomar, Yana Rathore 433.3 (822.0)]

Youth:

Rajasthan [Manini Kaushik, Divyansh Panwar 496.5 (832.7)];

Madhya Pradesh [Aishwarya Tomar, Mansi Kathait 496.4 (820.0)];

Uttar Pradesh [Ramanya Tomar, Chinmai Gupta 430.6 (822.8)]

Trials 5 - 25m sports pistol

Women: 1. Anita Devi 28 (571); 2. Annu Raj Singh 26 (570); 3. Anisa Sayyed 24 (580).

Junior women: 1. Abhidnya Patil 27 (571); 2. Arunima Gaur 23 (561); 3. Muskan 21 (565).