National shooting selection trials: Anjum Moudgil dominates again

After topping qualification with 633.2, Anjum outclassed the field with a total of 253.4 in the 24-shot final, as she beat Aayushi Gupta by 2.7 points to top the table.

While Anjum’s 253.4 was better than the world record of 252.9 set recently by compatriot Apurvi Chandela, her qualification score was 0.2 less than the world record set by China’s Zhu Yingjie last year.   -  S. Mahinsha

Versatile national champion in all three rifle events and the World Championship silver medallist Anjum Moudgil continued to assert class as she dominated the proceedings with intimidating high scores in the women’s air rifle during the fourth National shooting selection trials at the Dr. Kani Singh Range, Tughlakabad, on Thursday.

After topping qualification with 633.2, Anjum outclassed the field with a total of 253.4 in the 24-shot final, as she beat Aayushi Gupta by 2.7 points to top the table.

While Anjum’s 253.4 was better than the world record of 252.9 set recently by compatriot Apurvi Chandela, her qualification score was 0.2 less than the world record set by China’s Zhu Yingjie last year.

“I am happy that all the changes done over the past couple of months have worked really well. I am so much more confident in air rifle. I have learnt a lot and am enjoying even the training, which was not much earlier.

“Both Deepali (Deshpande) madam and Oleg (Mikhaylov) have made me realise that I can shoot air rifle well. With good basics, I am ready for the tournaments and training ahead,” said Anjum, who has a world record in rifle 3-position event.

It was the second successive triumph for Anjum after her fine show on the opening day of the trials on Wednesday.

Elavenil Valarivan did well to take the third place among the women and topped the junior event, in which there was no final.

Shreya Agrawal, Gargi Sirsat, Ayonika Paul, K.C. Hema and Mehuli Ghosh placed fourth to eighth in that order among the women.

In the men’s 25-metre rapid fire pistol, the young Adarsh Singh topped with 31, as he beat Anhad Jawanda by two points after topping qualification with 585.

In men’s rifle 3-position event, Olympian Chain Singh topped with 457.7, as he pipped Parul Kumar by 1.4 point, after topping qualification with 1168.

The results

Women: 10m air rifle: 1. Anjum Moudgil 253.4 (633.2); 2. Aayushi Gupta 250.7 (628.5); 3. Elavenil Valarivan 230.1 (631.6).

Junior: 1. Elavenil Valarivan 631.6; 2. Shreya Agrawal 630.0; 3. Gargi Sandeep Sirsat 626.0.

Youth: 1. Anuradha Lalaso Nimgire 622.2; 2. Gayatri Pradeep Jadhav 619.8; 3. Arnisha Chowdhury 612.2.

Men: 25m rapid fire pistol: 1. Adarsh Singh 31 (585); 2. Anhad Jawanda 29 (579); 3. Shivam Shukla 26 (577).

50m rifle 3-position: 1. Chain Singh 457.7 (1168); 2. Parul Kumar 456.3 (1164); 3. Swapnil Kusale 444.9 (1162).

Junior: 1. Akash Patidar 1136; 2. Amit Kumayu 1122; 3. Lagad Saurav Gorakh 1118.