National selection trials: Sanjeev Rajput dominates 50m rifle final

The Olympian tallied 457.5 to beat Navdeep Singh Rathore and Surendra Singh Rathod.

Sanjeev Rajput (in picture) defeated Navdeep Singh Rathore by 4.9 points.   -  Shiv Kumar Pushpakar

Olympian Sanjeev Rajput continued his domination in the final, even though the qualification scores were a cause for concern, as the National shooting selection trials concluded at the Dr. Karni Singh Range, Tughlakabad, on Saturday.

Sanjeev, who had qualified for the Rio Olympics but was not selected to represent the country, shot increasingly well in the final for a total of 457.5 that saw him beat Navdeep Singh Rathore by 4.9 points. Surendra Singh Rathod was third.

Sanjeev had a qualification score of 1160, the fourth best, while Swapnil Kusale topped with 1167, even though he eventually finished sixth. Olympian Chain Singh also had the second best qualification score of 1166, and finished fourth eventually.

Akhil Sheoran upset his averages dramatically with a qualification score of 1150 and eventually finished eighth.

Vijay Kumar wins centre fire pistol

In centre-fire pistol, Olympic silver medallist Vijay Kumar came into top form with a score of 590 with a near flawless 297 in the rapid fire section. Olympian Gurpreet Singh shot 586 for the second spot, to finish comfortably ahead of Anhad Jawanda, while Anish Bhanwala was fourth with 578.

Samaresh Jung, who had topped the previous day, was 14th with 571, while other leading shooters Omkar Singh and Pemba Tamang were ninth and tenth with identical score of 575.

The results:

50m rifle 3-position: 1. Sanjeev Rajput 457.5 (1160); 2. Navdeep Singh Rathore 452.6 (1150); 3. Surendra Singh Rathod 442.8 (1163).

25m centre fire pistol: 1. Vijay Kumar 590; 2. Gurpreet Singh 586; 3. Anhad Jawanda 581.

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