Rajput continues to shine at the National selection trials

Sanjeev Rajput continued to assert his strong grip over the 50-metre free rifle as he topped the second trials in men’s rifle 3-position event in the shooting National selection trials at the Dr. Karni Singh Range, Tughlakabad on Sunday.

In the 45-shot final, Sanjeev had a total of 460.9 as he beat Akhil Sheoran by one point.   -  Shiv Kumar Pushpakar

Sanjeev Rajput continued to assert his strong grip over the 50-metre free rifle as he topped the second trials in men’s rifle 3-position event in the shooting National selection trials at the Dr. Karni Singh Range, Tughlakabad on Sunday.

In the 45-shot final, Sanjeev had a total of 460.9 as he beat Akhil Sheoran by one point. The effort also saw Sanjeev finishing on top in the overall averages, ahead of the young Swapnil Kusale and Akhil Sheoran.

In centre fire pistol, Adarsh Singh surprised the strong field by topping with 585, ahead of Pemba Tamang, Vijay Kumar and Rajat Kumar Yadav who all shot 584. Samaresh Jung was fifth with 583.

In the shotgun trials, Smit Singh and Sheeraz Sheikh stayed in the top-2 positions in skeet in both the trials, while Olympian Mairaj Ahmad Khan was below par with rounds of 117 and 115.

In men’s trap, Prithviraj Tondaiman (119) and Kynan Chenai  (123) took turns to top the table. Former world champion Manavjit Sandhu stayed consistent with two rounds of 119.

In women’s trap, Shreyasi Singh topped both the trials with 112 and 114, ahead of Seema Tomar. Olympian Shagun Chowdhary shot 105 in both the trials to be placed third and fifth.

In women’s skeet, Saniya Sheikh (114) and Rashmmi Rathore (113) placed at the top in the first trial, but were pushed to the fourth and fifth spots in the second trial, in which Ganemat Sekhon  and Maheshwari placed at the top. Former national champion Arti Singh Rao was not at her best and had scores of 109 and 106.

The results

Men:

50m rifle 3-position: 1. Sanjeev Rajput 460.9 (1168); 2. Akhil Sheoran 459.9 (1161); 3. Parul Kumar 449.8 (1159).

Junior men: 1. Sartaj Tiwana 438.2 (1141); 2. C. Sam George 437.9 (1133); 3. Nishant Malik 427.0 (1144).

25m centre fire pistol: 1. Adarsh Singh 585; 2. Pemba Tamang 584; 3. Vijay Kumar 584.

Junior men: 25m sports pistol: 1. Vijayveer Sidhu 587; 2. Rajkanwar SinghSandhu 585; 3. Anish Bhanwala 585.

Trap-2: 1. Kynan Chenai 123; 2. Manavjit Sandhu 119; 3. Zoravar Sandhu 118.

Trap-1: 1. Prithviraj Tondaiman 119; 2. Manavjit Sandhu 119; 3. Lakshay Sheoran 118.

Skeet-2: 1. Smit Singh 122; 2. Sheeraz Sheikh 121; 3. Man Singh 120.

Skeet-1: 1. Smit Singh 124; 2. Sheeraz Sheikh 122; 3. Angadvir Bajwa 120.

Women:

Trap-2: 1. Shreyasi Singh 114; 2. Seema Tomar 114; 3. Manisha Keer 112.

Trap-1: 1. Shreyasi Singh 112; 2. Seema Tomar 110; 3. Shagun Chowdhary 105.

Skeet-2: 1. Ganemat Sekhon 116; 2. Maheshwari Chauhan 114; 3. Areeba Khan 112.

Skeet-1: 1. Saniya Sheikh 114; 2. Rashmmi Rathore 113; 3. Maheshwari Chauhan 112.