Surendra Singh shooting c’ship: Anjum Moudgil clinches gold in air rifle

Anjum Moudgil sprang a surprise on the stalwarts of women’s air rifle as she clinched the gold in the 17th All India Kumar Surendra Singh shooting championship at the Dr. Karni Singh Range, Tughalakabad.

Anjum Moudgil scored 251.3 to beat Meghana Sajjanar by 3.1 points.   -  K. Murali Kumar

Anjum Moudgil sprang a surprise on the stalwarts of women’s air rifle as she clinched the gold in the 17th All India Kumar Surendra Singh shooting championship at the Dr. Karni Singh Range, Tughalakabad.

Missing the 10s marginally thrice in the 24-shot final, Anjum scored 251.3 to beat Meghana Sajjanar by 3.1 points. Olympian Ayonika Paul surged back into the national reckoning with the bronze medal as she pipped Pooja Ghatkar. Tejaswini Sawant, Aayushi Gupta, World University Games champion Vinita Bhardwaj and the most accomplished Anjali Bhagwat were positioned fifth to eighth in that order.

In the qualification stage, it was Meghana who had topped with 417.3 and Anjum followed her half a point behind in the second place. Vinita shot the third best score of 415.6 along with Ayonika, but could not be at her best as she was called back from a reserve lane, after her original protest about the uneven flooring on her lane No.65 was dismissed by the Chief Range Officer.

It may be recalled that during the the World Cup hosted earlier this season, the lane was kept vacant owing to the same problem. Moreover, the final hall was used for the men’s event, while the women were forced to go through the final in the qualification arena. Mehuli Ghosh won the junior gold and youth silver, while Shreya Agarwal won the youth gold and the junior silver. Samiksha Dhingra won the bronze in both the events.

In women’s rifle 3-position event, former World champion Tejaswini Sawant won the gold in a highly competitive field, ahead of Aditi Singh. After a modest score of 574 in qualification, Tejaswini shot the best in the 45-shot final with 454.7, to beat Aditi by 1.4 points. Dilreen Gill who topped qualification with 581 won the bronze ahead of Anjali Bhagwat. Lajja Gauswami, air rifle gold medallist Anjum Moudgil, N. Gaayathri and former World Championship finalist Avneet Sidhu were positioned fifth to eighth in that order.

In men’s standard pistol, Amanpreet Singh won ahead of Mahaveer Singh after both were tied on 572. Anish Bhanwala, who had stunned a strong field including the two Olympians, Vijay Kumar and Gurpreet Singh, continued to impress by winning the junior gold.

Shreya Saksena won the junior women’s rifle 3-position gold.

The results

Men

25m standard pistol: 1. Amanpreet Singh 572; 2. Mahaveer Singh 572; 3. Vijay Kumar 570

Juniors: 1. Anish Bhanwala 568; 2. Anhad Jawanda 462; 3. Shivam Shukla 558.

Women

10m air rifle: 1. Anjum Moudgil 251.3 (416.8); 2. Meghana Sajjanar 248.2 (417.3); 3. Ayonika Paul 227.9 (415.6).

Juniors: 1. Mehuli Ghosh 251.2 (414.7.6); 2. Shreya Agarwal 249.0 (413.9); 3. Samiksha Dhingra 227.2 (414.5).

Youth: 1. Shreya Agarwal 247.7 (413.9); 2. Mehuli Ghosh 246.3 (414.7); 3. Samiksha Dhingra 225.8 (414.5).

50m rifle 3-position: 1. Tejaswini Sawant 454.7 (574); 2. Aditi Singh 453.4 (580); 3. Dilreen Gill 438.8 (581).

Juniors: 1. Shreya Saksena 452.6 (571); 2. Prasiddhi 442.2 (568); 3. Shreya Purohit 426.0 (556).