National Trials: Gurjoat sole leader in skeet; Aishwary, Kusale win 3P

Gurjoat Singh shot rounds of 25, 24 and 24 to be the sole leader with 73 in men’s skeet in the third National shotgun selection trials.

REPRESENTATIVE PHOTO: Abhay Singh won the bronze medal in the men’s skeet competition on Tuesday after reaching the final with a qualification round of 114.

REPRESENTATIVE PHOTO: In women’s skeet, Karttiki Singh Shaktawat led with 70, following rounds of 24, 21 and 25.   -  Getty Images

Gurjoat Singh shot rounds of 25, 24 and 24 to be the sole leader with 73 in men’s skeet in the third National shotgun selection trials at the Dr. Karni Singh Range, Tughlakabad, on Friday.

He was two points ahead of Sukhbir Singh Harika and Gurnihal Singh Garcha. Four others, Munek Battula, former Asian champion Man Singh, Baba PS Bedi and Abhay Singh Sekhon were on 70. Mohd. Sheeraz Sheikh who had won the second trial on Wednesday, was on 69, following rounds of 24, 24 and 21. Anantjeet Singh Naruka was on 68.

In women’s skeet, Karttiki Singh Shaktawat led with 70, following rounds of 24, 21 and 25. She was followed by the reigning national champion Saniya Sheikh and the former national champion Maheshwari
Chauhan with 68. Both had identical rounds of 23, 22 and 23.

Another former champion Rashmmi Rathore shot 62, the same as Areeba Khan. In junior men’s section, Munek Battula and Abhay Singh Sekhon led with 70, while in junior women’s section, Karttiki Singh Shaktawat led with 70, three points ahead of Raiza Dhillon. Two more rounds will be followed by the finals for the top six in each of the four sections on Saturday.

Swapnil Kusale, Aishwary Tomar win men’s 3P trials in Thiruvanathapuram

Swapnil Suresh Kusale won the men’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions T1 while Tokyo Olympics quota winner Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar triumphed in the junior men’s category of the same event at the National Shooting Trials for Rifle and Pistol on Friday.

Swapnil shot 458.8 in the final to outgun Chain Singh of the Indian Army who shot 457.4 to come in second. Aishwary was third with 448.0.

In the junior men’s final, Aishwary shot 458.2 to win ahead of Niraj Kumar of the Indian Navy who finished with 451.3. Sartaj Tiwana of Punjab came third with a score of 440.6.

(With inputs from PTI)