National Selection Trials: Shriyanka pips Ayonika in 10m air rifle

Shriyanka Sadangi beat Olympian Ayonika Paul by 0.4 point for the first place. In men’s rifle prone event, Olympian Chain Singh rose from the eighth place in qualification to take the top spot.

Shriyanka emerged the topper in the 10m air rifle.   -  File Photo

Shriyanka Sadangi beat Olympian Ayonika Paul by 0.4 point for the first place in women’s air rifle in the shooting National selection trials at the Dr. Karni Singh Range, Tughlakabad, on Monday.

Qualification topper Mehuli Ghosh who had an impressive 420.1 — maintaining an average of 10.5 over 40 shots — could not reach the top three position. Meghana Sajjanar who also shot well in qualification to tally 419.3 could settle only for the fifth play. Manni Kaushik and Mehuli finished third and fourth respectively.

Olympian Apurvi Chandela shot 415.4 and missed the final by 0.2 point to Raj Chaudhary, who eventually placed sixth.

In men’s rifle prone event, Olympian Chain Singh rose from the eighth place in qualification to take the top spot ahead of Surendra Singh Rathod and Vimlesh Singh Rathour.

World Championship finalist Hariom Singh topped with 624.6, ahead of Olympian Sanjeev Rajput by 1.4 point, but could not fare well in the
final.

In men’s 25-metre standard pistol, Mahendar Singh beat Anish Bhanwala after the two were tied on 571.

The results:

Men:
50m rifle prone:
1. Chain Singh 246.8 (618.3); 2. Surendra Singh Rathod 246.2 (621.4); 3. Vimlesh Kumar Rathour 225.6 (618.7).
25m sports pistol: 1. Mahendar Singh 571; 2. Anish Bhanwala 571; 3. Anhad Jawanda 569.

Women:
10m air rifle:
1. Shriyanka Sadangi 247.7 (416.7); 2. Ayonika Paul 247.3 (415.6); 3. Manni Kaushik 226.6 (417.8).