National selection trials: Sanjeev Rajput reigns supreme

Sanjeev, who had topped the air rifle two days back, shot 456.7, as he came up with a dominant performance in the standing position in the final.

File photo of Sanjeev Rajput   -  Shiv Kumar Pushpakar

Olympian Sanjeev Rajput asserted his expertise yet again as he topped the men’s rifle 3-position event, beating Olympian Chain Singh by two points on the penultimate day of the Shooting National selection trials at the Dr. Karni Singh Range, Tughlakabad, on Saturday.

Sanjeev, who had topped the air rifle two days back, shot 456.7, as he came up with a dominant performance in the standing position in the final.

Earlier, Sanjeev had qualified in the second place with 1166, ten points below his best that had seen him win the World Cup gold in Changwon, Korea, in 2011. Chain Singh had done well to shoot 1169 and top the qualification, but the 8s and 9s in the climax, notwithstanding a perfect 10.9 on the penultimate shot, pulled him down to the second spot, as he pulled ahead of Surendra Rathod by 0.6 point. Akhil Sheoran settled for the fourth place ahead of Rahul Poonia, Navdeep Rathore, Kailash Chand and Swapnil Kusale.

In the junior section, Harshit Binjwa of Madhya Pradesh topped with 449.2, a whopping 8.5 point ahead of C. Sam George of Tamil Nadu. In fact, Tamil Nadu impressed by bagging three of the top five positions.

P. Ajaey placed third while B. Mithlesh placed fifth, behind Sartaj Tiwana of Punjab. In centre fire pistol, Harpreet Singh topped with 585, two points
ahead of Pemba Tamang, Omkar Singh and Yogesh Singh, while Samaresh Jung placed fifth with 582.

In junior men sports pistol, Rajkanwar Singh Sandhu topped with 585, one point ahead of Anish Bhanwala.

The results:


Men: 50m rifle 3-position: 1. Sanjeev Rajput 456.7 (1166); 2. Chain Singh 454.7 (1169); 3. Surendra Rathod 444.2 (1157).

Junior men:
1. Harshit Binjwa 449.2 (1136); 2. C. Sam George 440.7 (1157); 3. P. Ajaey 431.1 (1129).

25m centre fire pistol:
1. Harpreet Singh 565; 2. Pemba Tamang 583; 3. Omkar Singh 583.

25m sports pistol:
Junior men: 1. Rajkanwar Singh Sandhu 585; 2. Anish Bhanwala 584; 3. Anhad Jawanda 581.