National Shotgun C’ship: Prithviraj in lead

Prithviraj Tondaiman continued to stay in the lead despite shooting 22 in the fourth round of men’s trap in the 59th National shotgun championship at the JDA range on Saturday.

Prithviraj Tondiaman had a total of 97 that put him one point ahead of junior leader Kismat Chopra.   -  B. Velankanni Raj (File Photo)

Prithviraj Tondaiman continued to stay in the lead despite shooting 22 in the fourth round of men’s trap in the 59th National shotgun championship at the JDA range on Saturday. Having laid a solid foundation with three perfect rounds, Prithviraj had a total of 97 that put him one point ahead of junior leader Kismat Chopra.

Four shooters, including former World champion Manavjit Singh Sandhu and the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) president, Raninder Singh, were on 94. Former champion Zoravar Singh Sandhu and the overnight junior leader Manavaditya Singh Rathore were the others on 94, with one round to go before the knock out phase on Sunday.

Darius Chenai, Anwer Sultan and Aman Ali Elahi were on 92, while former champions Anirudh Singh (90), Mansher Singh (89) and another prominent shooter Kynan Chenai (88) were not at their best.

Among the juniors, Kismat Chopra jumped into the lead with a 25 in the fourth round, while Manavaditya slipped a bit with a round of 21, after near flawless performance till then. They were followed by Aman Alli Elahi and Adhiraj Singh Rathore on 92.