Sanjeev shoots to marginal wins

Olympian Sanjeev Rajput came good with the air rifle as he topped with 248.5, a thrilling 0.1 point ahead of the young Akhil Sheoran, in the men’s air rifle in the shooting National selection trials.

File photo of Sanjeev Rajput   -  Shiv Kumar Pushpakar

Olympian Sanjeev Rajput came good with the air rifle as he topped with 248.5, a thrilling 0.1 point ahead of the young Akhil Sheoran, in the men’s air rifle in the shooting National selection trials at the Dr. Karni Singh Range, Tughlakabad, on Thursday.

It was Akhil who led in the final till the first 14 shots, before Sanjeev shot ahead. It was Akhil who led by 0.3 point before the last two shots, but a 9.8 saw him lose the race by the narrowest margin.

Ranjeet Singh finished third, while the best performers in the international arena last season, Deepak Kumar and Ravi Kumar placed fifth and seventh respectively. National champion Ravi had topped qualification with 629.2, marginally ahead of Sanjeev, but a string of
9s in the first ten shots saw him getting eliminated first in a field of seven.

In women’s sports pistol, Anisa Sayyed came up with a strong performance in the final to finish on top with an intimidating total of 38, that helped her outclass Olympian Annu Raj Singh by nine points, while qualification topper Manu Bhaker had to settle for the third place.

Anisa who had won a bunch of gold medals in the Commonwealth Games, had qualified in the seventh place with a modest score of 572. Manu had topped qualification with 584, five points ahead of Annu Raj.

Shreya Gawande finished fourth ahead of World Cup gold medallist Rahi Sarnobat, while Muskan, Heena Sidhu and Pushpanjali Rana followed in that order.

In men’s free pistol, which does not feature the final any more as it has ceased to be an Olympic event, Omprakash Mitharwal finished on top with a marginally better number of inner-10s after being tied on 559 with fellow army shooter Gurpal Singh.

The most accomplished pistol shooter in the country, Jitu Rai, who has World Championship silver apart from Commonwealth Games and Asian Games gold in the event, had to settle for the third place, as he pipped the junior topper Anmol Jain with a better score of inner-10s
after being tied one point behind the leaders on 558.

The results: Men:

10m air rifle: 1. Sanjeev Rajput 248.5 (628.5); 2. Akhil Sheoran 248.4 (625.2); 3. Ranjeet Singh 226.5 (623.7).

Junior men: 1. Tejas Krishna Prasad 249.0 (619.0); 2. Divyansh Singh Panwar 247.8 (619.6); 3. Yash Vardhan 226.9 (620.8).


50m free pistol: 1. Omprakash Mitharwal 559; 2. Gurpal Singh 559; 3. Jitu Rai 558.

Junior men: 1. Anmol Jain 558; 2. Vijayveer Sidhu 550; 3. Udhayveer Sidhu 546.

Women: 25m sports pistol: 1. Anisa Sayyed 38 (572); 2. Annu Raj Singh 29 (579); 3. Manu Bhaker 25 (584).

Junior women: 1. Muskan 36 (572); 2. Anshika Satendra 22 (559); 3. Manu Bhaker 21 (584).

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