Rahul Poonia bags gold in shooting championship

Rahul Poonia pipped Olympian Sanjeev Rajput by 2.1 points to clinch the gold in the men’s 50-metre rifle prone event in the 11th Sardar Sajjan Singh Sethi Masters shooting championship at the Dr. Karni Singh Range, Tughlakabad, on Sunday.

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Rahul Poonia pipped Olympian Sanjeev Rajput by 2.1 points to clinch the gold in the men’s 50-metre rifle prone event in the 11th Sardar Sajjan Singh Sethi Masters shooting championship at the Dr. Karni Singh Range, Tughlakabad, on Sunday. The seasoned Sushil Ghalay took the bronze ahead of Swapnil Kusale, Navdeep Rathore, Samsher Singh and Satyendra Singh.

In the junior section, V. Sarvesh Swaroop Shankar of Tamil Nadu won the gold 2.9 points ahead of Md. Qamroosh, after having topped the qualification earlier. In men’s rapid fire pistol, Neeraj Kumar who had made the final in the World Cup recently at the same venue, beat Olympian Gurpreet Singh by two points. Anish won the bronze after having clinched the junior gold.

In the women’s event, former World Champion Tejaswini Sawant won the gold with a score of 621.9, ahead of Kuheli Gangulee and Aditi Singh. Other leading shooters Meena Kumari (616.4), Gayathri Nithyanandam (615.9), Elizabeth Susan Koshy (615.0), KC Hema (614.7) and Ruchira Lawand (613.4) placed fourth to eighth in that order. In the junior girls event, KU Priya, representing the National Cadet

Corps (NCC) topped with 616.1 points, ahead of Prasiddhi of Madhya Pradesh.

The results: Men: 25m rapid fire pistol: 1. Neeraj Kumar 28 (580); 2. Gurpreet Singh 26 (576); 3. Anish 21 (569).

Juniors: 1. Anish 22 (569); 2. Adarsh Singh 20 (558); 3. Thomas George 17 (548).

50m rifle prone: 1. Rahul Poonia 249.9 (620.4); 2. Sanjeev Rajput 247.8 (623.2); 3. Sushil Ghalay 226.9 (618.8).

Juniors: 1. V. Sarvesh Swaroop Shankar 246.6 (616.1); 2. Md. Qamroosh 243.7 (608.8); 3. Niraj Kumar 222.9 (606.2).

Women:

50m rifle prone: 1. Tejaswini Sawant 621.9; 2. Kuheli Gangulee 619.0; 3. Aditi Singh 617.0.

Juniors: 1. KU Priya 616.1; 2. Prasiddhi 614.5; 3. Ayushi Podder 610.3.