National selection trials: Top spot for Suruchi in women’s air pistol

In 50-metre free pistol, Jitu Rai shoots 562 to top the field; Saurabh Chaudhary takes second place.

REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE: Manu Bhaker and some other leading shooters failed to make it to the knockout stage women's air pistol.   -  AFP

Suruchi came up with a fine performance to secure the top position in women’s air pistol in the National shooting selection trials at the Madhya Pradesh Academy on Monday.

The 16-year-old Haryana girl beat Mahima Turhi Agrawal 16-4 in the climax, after having topped qualification with 578. Rhythm Sangwan took the third spot ahead of Olympian and world record holder Heena Sidhu.

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Some of the leading shooters including Manu Bhaker failed to make the knockout stage.

In the 50-metre free pistol, World Championship silver medallist Jitu Rai shot 562 to top the field - he was one point ahead of Saurabh Chaudhary. Air pistol master Saurabh was able to get a strong grip over the free pistol, a non-Olympic event, as he topped the junior section.

Results - 10m air pistol
  • Women: 1. Suruchi 16 (45.5) 43.5 (578); 2. Mahima Turhi Agrawal 4 (40) 43 (574); 3. Rhythm Sangwan 38.5 (45) 576; 4. Heena Sidhu 20 (40) 574.
  • Juniors: 1. Palak 16 (39); 2. Manu Bhaker 4 (45); 3. Kanishka Dagar 38; 4. Yuvika Tomar 23.

Results - 25m standard pistol
  • Men: 1. Vijayveer Sidhu 575; 2. Mandeep Singh 575; 3. Rajkanwar Singh Sandhu 570.
  • Junior men: 1. Vijayveer Sidhu 575; 2. Rajkanwar Singh Sandhu 570; 3. Harsh Gupta 568.
  • Junior women: 1. Niveditha Nair 556; 2. Naamya Kapoor 555; 3. Tejaswani 555.

Results - 50m free pistol
  • Men: 1. Jitu Rai 562; 2. Saurabh Chaudhary 561; 3. Amanpreet Singh 561.
  • Junior men: 1. Saurbah Chaudhary 561; 2. Arjun Singh Cheema 551; 3. Hariom 542.
  • Junior women: 1. Tyana Phogat 542; 2. Vibhuti Bhatia 534; 3. Shikha Narwal 531.

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