National Shooting Trials: Moudgil, Bhanwala stand out

Shooting 120 shots, as compared to 60 till last season, Anjum returned scores of 1,163 and 1,155 in qualification over two days.

Anjum Moudgil nicely settled into the long form of the most arduous rifle event, the women’s 3-position.   -  K. MURALI KUMAR

Anjum Moudgil nicely settled into the long form of the most arduous rifle event, the women’s 3-position, as she not only topped the table in both the trials but presented improved scores, in the shooting National selection trials at the Dr. Karni Singh Range, Tughlakabad.

Shooting 120 shots, as compared to 60 till last season, Anjum returned scores of 1,163 and 1,155 in qualification over two days. In the 45-shot final, featuring 15-each in the kneeling, prone and standing sections, Anjum scored impressive totals of 454.6 and 456.3 to push Gaayathri NIthyanandam and Tejaswini Sawant respectively to the silver spots over the two days. Gaayathri did well to bag the third place in the first trial.

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Bhakti Bhaskar Khamkar and Shirin Godara took turns to top among the juniors in the 3-position event.

In women’s air pistol, Mahima Turhi Agrawal topped one point ahead of World junior champion Yashaswini Singh Deswal, after having topped qualification with 581. However, former world record holder and a dominant force in women’s air pistol in the last two Olympic cycle, Heena Sidhu could muster only 565 and missed qualification by seven points. The women were shooting 60 shots on par with men, as per the latest direction of the international federation, after having shot only 40 till now. Another Olympian, Annu Raj Singh, also missed qualification for final with 570.

In men’s 25-metre rapid fire pistol, Anish Bhanwala continued to assert his dominance by bagging both the men’s and junior top positions, after having impressed in qualification with a total of 582. He had topped in both the men’s and junior events earlier as well, and had won the national championship in Kerala.

The results:

Men:

25m rapid fire pistol: 1. Anish Bhanwala 37 (582); 2. Wazeer Singh Rathee 31 (578); 3. Arpit Goel 24 (578); Junior men: 1. Anish Bhanwala 28 (582); 2. Adarsh Singh 23 (574); 3. Harshawardhan Mahanand Yadav 23 (559).

Women:

50m rifle 3-position-2: 1. Anjum Moudgil 454.6 (1163); 2. Gaayathri Nithyanandam 454.3 (1152); 3. KC Hema 443.6 (1152); Junior women: 1. Bhakti Bhaskar Khamkar 446.5 (1147); 2. Shirin Godara 444.8 (1137); 3. V. Varshaa 430.2 (1133); 50m rifle 3-position-1: Anjum Moudgil 456.3 (1155); 2. Tejaswini Sawant 454.5 (1164); 3. Gaayathri Nithyanandam 440.4 (1154); Junior women: 1. Shirin Godara 441.1 (1137); 2. Ayushi Podder 434.6 (1123); 3. Bhakti Bhaskar Khamkar 423.8 (1127).

10m air pistol: 1. Mahima Turhi Agrawal 240.4 (581); 2. Yashaswini Singh Deswal 239.4 (578); 3. Manu Bhaker 217.9 (575); Junior women: 1. Manu Bhaker 239.3 (575); 2. Mahima Turhi Agrawal 236.9 (581); 3. Shivani Prashjant Satav 215.5 (562); Youth women: 1. Anshika Kanwar 238.9 (563); 2. Tanu Rawal 235.8 (560); 3. Shivani Prashjant Satav 215.8 (562).