Shooting National selection trials: Rajput remains on top, Valarivan shines

Sanjeev Rajput, who had won the first trial on Friday, beat fellow Olympian Chain Singh by 1.5 point in the final, after having topped qualification with 1172. Satyendra Singh settled for the third place.

Sanjeev Rajput, who won the silver medal at 2018 Asian Games, finished on top in the first and second round of the selection trials.   -  Special Arrangement

Sanjeev Rajput continued to assert his class as he won the top position once again in men’s rifle 50-metre 3-position event in the shooting National selection trials at the Dr. Karni Singh Range, Tughlakabad, on Saturday.

Sanjeev, who had won the first trial on Friday, beat fellow Olympian Chain Singh by 1.5 point in the final, after having topped qualification with 1172. Satyendra Singh settled for the third place.

Parul Kumar, who had the second best qualification score of 1169, finished fourth, ahead of Aishwarya Paratap Singh Tomar, Akhil Sheoran, Ajay Thakur and Sam George Sajan.

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Meanwhile, Adarsh Singh also dominated the rapid fire pistol event, as he beat Harshwardhan Yadav by three points, leaving Shivam Shukla to the third spot. Adarsh also won the junior title beating Harshwardhan by two points.

Vijayveer Sidhu, Olympian Gurpeet Singh and Olympic silver medallist and qualification topper Vijay Kumar (580) finished fourth to sixth in that order.

In women’s air rifle, Elavenil Valarivan beat Mehuli Ghosh by 1.8 point. Shriyanka Sadangi climbed to the third spot, ahead of Vinita Bhardwaj, Shreya Agrawal, Apurvi Chandela, Neha Chaphekar and Aayushi Gupta. Shreya Agrawal had topped the qualification with 632.0.

The results:

50m rifle 3-position:
Men: 1. Sanjeev Rajput 460.6 (1172); 2. Chain Singh 459.1 (1162); 3. Satyendra Singh 447.6 (1166).

Junior men: 1. Harshit Binjwa 453.3 (1155); 2. Rishi Gireesh 451.6 (1150); 3. Sartaj Singh Tiwana 441.3 (1140).

25m rapid fire pistol:
Men: 1. Adarsh Singh 33 (577); 2. Harshwardhan Yadav 30 (577); 3. Shivam Shukla 25 (577).

Junior men: 1. Adarsh Singh 28 (577); 2. Harshwardhan Yadav 26 (577); 3. Vijayveer Sidhu 21 (579).

10m air rifle:
Women: 1. Elavenil Valarivan 253.0 (629.4); 2. Mehuli Ghosh 251.2 (628.8); 3. Shiryanka Sadangi 230.4 (628.2).

Junior women: 1. Elavenil Valarivan 252.3 (629.4); 2. Mehuli Ghosh 251.4 (628.8); 3. Shreya Agrawal 229.4 (632.0).

Youth women: 1. Zeena Khitta 250.6 (622.1); 2. Kashika Pradhan 245.3 (621.6); 3. Sift Kaur Samra 224.9 (622.2).