National shooting trials: Bajwa leads skeet; Chenai on top in trap

Former world champion Manavjit Singh Sandhu shot 109, and placed 18th in trap at the National shooting selection trials in Tughlakabad.

Angad Vir Singh Bajwa led with 74 out of 75 points in the first National shooting selection trials. (File Photo)   -  Kamesh Srinivasan

National skeet champion Angad Vir Singh Bajwa led with 74 out 75 points, following rounds of 25, 24 and 25, in the first National shooting selection trials at the Dr. Karni Singh Range, Tughlakabad.

Smit Sinth finished a point behind Bajwa, while Gurnihal Singh Garcha and Sheeraz Sheikh were on 72. Four shooters, Mairaj Ahmad Khan, Kuldeep Sanyashi, Mohd. Hamza Sheikh and Gurjoat Singh were on 71.

Former national champion Amrinder Singh Cheema and the young Anantjeet Singh Naruka finished on 70 while former Asian champion Man Singh was on 69 along with three others.

In women’s skeet, Ganemat Sekhon led with 70 after two perfect rounds, while former national champion Rashmmi Rathore and Areeba Khan were three points behind, on 67. The newly crowned national champion Maheshwari Chauhan was on 65, along with former national champion Saniya Sheikh and Parinaaz Dhaliwal.

Simranpreet Kaur Johal who had won junior gold in the national championship was in the 16th spot on 59, following rounds of 20, 19 and 20.

Trap

Earlier, the reigning national champion and olympian, Kynan Chenai continued to assert his strong hold over men’s trap as he topped the first selection trials with a commanding performance. Kynan, who qualified with 121 out of 125, won the final 45-42 against Prithviraj Tondaiman.

Asian Games silver medallist Lakshay Sheoran came third, ahead of Zoravar Singh Sandhu, Aman Ali Elahi and Bhowneesh Mendiratta.

Former world champion Manavjit Singh Sandhu shot 109, and placed 18th.

In women’s trap, olympian Shagun Chowdhary finished on top as she prevailed over Rajeshwari Kumari 45-40. Qualification topper, Seem Tomar (109) placed third, ahead of reigning national champion Varsha Varman.

The results:
 

Trap:

Men:

1. Kynan Chenai 45 (121)

2. Prithviraj Tondaiman 42 (119)

3. Lakshay Sheoran 34 (116).

Women:

1. Shagun Chowdhary 45 (104);

2. Rajeshwari Kumari 40 (106);

3. Seema Tomar 31 (109).