National Shotgun C'ship: Dahiya, Varsha Varman win gold in double trap

Sangram shot 142 out of 150, to beat former World Champion Ankur Mittal by five points, while Varsha Varman shot 97 to beat Manisha Keer by four points.

Varsha Varman (in picture) shot 97 to win the women's gold.   -  Special Arrangement

Sangram Dahiya and Varsha Varman won the gold in men’s and women’s double trap at the 63rd National shotgun championship at the Dr. Karni Singh Range, Tughlakabad, on Monday.

A silver medallist in the World Cup Final at the same venue in 2017, Sangram shot 142 out of 150, to beat the former World Champion Ankur Mittal by five points.

With double trap having been taken off the Olympics schedule, there was no final for the event. Prithivi Singh Chahal won the bronze ahead of Anant Shivan Pratap Singh (132), Ajay Mittal (131) and Mohd. Asab (130).

Sangram also won the team gold for Haryana, along with Ajay Mittal and Shamsher Singh Chauhan, 38 points ahead of Punjab.

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Varsha Varman won the women’s gold as she shot 97. After rounds of 24,
23 and 22, she finished strongly with 28, which saw her beat Manisha Keer to the gold by four points.

Varsha also helped Madhya Pradesh to the gold medal in partnership with Manisha Keer and Anam Basit (85). After the disappointment of not being able to defend her trap title won last year, the two gold medals were doubly sweet for Varsha.

"Glad I got the gold. National champion again this year," said Varsha.

While Manisha won the junior gold, Mahima Vishwakarma got the women’s
bronze five points ahead of Nivetha Nenthirasigamani.

In the veterans event, Yadavendra Singh shot 116 and beat the secretary general of the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI), D.V. Seetharama Rao, by eight points for the gold.

The results

Men: 1. Sangram Dahiya 142; 2. Ankur Mittal 137; 3. Prithvi Singh Chahal 135

Team: 1. Haryana 402; 2. Punjab 364; 3. Madhya Pradesh 362

Junior men: 1. Mayank Shokeen 122; 2. Rajdeep Sodhi 119; 3. Mohd.
Saleem Ahmed 119

Team: 1. Punjab 336; 2. Rajasthan 336; 3. Uttar Pradesh 306

Women: 1. Varsha Varman 97; 2. Manisha Keer 93; 3. Mahima Vishwakarma 92

Team: 1. Madhya Pradesh 275; 2. Rajasthan 225; 3. Punjab 222

Junior women: 1. Manisha Keer 93; 2. Bhavya Tripathi 78; 3. Ayesha Khan 75

Team: 1. Delhi 212; 2. Tamil Nadu 173; 3. Rajasthan 166

Veterans: 1. Yadavendra Singh 116; 2. DV Seetharama Rao 108; 3. Rohit Panchal 85