National selection trials: Sanjeev Rajput on top

Sanjeev, who had shot 1180 in Rio, had 390 in kneeling, 395 in prone and 387 in standing positions in the qualification round on Monday.

Sanjeev Rajput qualifies for the men's 50m Rifle 3 Positions Final.

Sanjeev Rajput finished on top of the qualification for the men's 50m Rifle 3 Positions Final.   -  ISSF

Two-time Olympian Sanjeev Rajput, who clinched the Olympic quota with a silver medal in the World Cup in Rio de Janeiro last week, led with 1172 in men’s rifle 3-position event in the National shooting selection trials at the Dr. Karni Singh Range, Tughlakabad, on Monday.

Sanjeev, who had shot 1180 in Rio, had 390 in kneeling, 395 in prone and 387 in standing positions.

He was eight points ahead of Parul Kumar of Air Force, while Kailash Chand (1163), Olympian Chain Singh (1162), Swapnil Kusale (1162), Satyendra Singh (1161), Akhil Sheoran (1159) and Mahesh Kumar (1158) followed him into the final which will be held on Tuesday.

The young Aishwarya Pratap Singh Tomar who has been shooting well in recent competitions shot 1153 and missed the final. Gagan Narang shot 1144 for the 21st place.

Tomar, however, made the junior final in the second place behind Niraj Kumar.

In the 25-metre rapid fire pistol event, Thomas George of Kerala led with 580 along with Vijayveer Sidhu and Neeraj Kumar. Olympian Gurpreet Singh shot 578, as he had 89 in the second stage of 4-second series.

Adarsh Singh who has been gunning for the Olympic quota in the World Cups also had a bad 4-second series of 87, in the first stage, which led him to a total of 578. Anhad Jawanda took the last spot in the final with 576 ahead of Karan Sheoyran, Omkar Singh, Bbhavesh Shekhawat who also shot the same score but had lesser number of inner-10s.

The rapid fire pistol final will also be staged on Tuesday.