World University champion and World Cup gold medallist Akhil Sheoran asserted his mastery of air rifle as he overcame stiff resistance from Rithik Ramesh to prevail by 0.7 point in the shooting third National selection trials at the Dr. Karni Singh Range, Tughlakabad.

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It was Rithik, the Tamil Nadu shooter, who led by half a point before the last six shots, but Akhil responded with impressive shots of 10.9, 10.8, 10.6, 10.5, 10.6 and 10.2 to clinch the honour.

Rithik had to settle for the silver in the junior event as well, while Hriday Hazarika topped both the junior and youth sections.