National Selection trials: Akhil Sheoran shines

Akhil Sheoran overcame stiff resistance from Rithik Ramesh to prevail by 0.7 point in the shooting third National selection trials on Saturday.

Akhil Sheoran finished the day with a final score of 249.5. (File Photo)   -  Shiv Kumar Pushpakar

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.

The results:

Air rifle
Men: 1. Akhil Sheoran 249.5 (628.3); 2. Rithik Ramesh 248.8 (622.0); 3. Milan Preet Singh 226.8 (623.7).

Junior men: 1. Hriday Hazarika 250.9 (624.9); 2. Rithik Ramesh 249.0 (622.0);
3. Ramanya Tomar 225.7 (620.1).

Youth men: 1. Hriday Hazarika 248.2 (624.9); 2. Visnu Shivaraj Pandian 247.3 (619.7); 3. Mohit Kumar Agnihotri 225.4 (621.3).