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Anjum, Annu Raj win in National Shooting Trials

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New Delhi: World Championship silver medallist Anjum Moudgil won the women’s 50m rifle prone title in the National Shooting Trials (T6) here on Thursday.

Tarun Yadav won the men’s 50m rifle prone event while Annu Raj Singh clinched the women’s 25m pistol (sport pistol) gold at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range.

Anjum, who finished just outside the podium spots in the women’s 10m air rifle T7 trials on Wednesday, shot 619.4 in prone on Thursday to edge out former world champion Tejaswini Sawant, who shot 618.9, to second place.

In the corresponding men’s prone event, Delhi’s Tarun Yadav shot 623.9 to beat CISF’s Navdeep Singh Rathore who had a score of 622.7. The seasoned Sanjeev Rajput came third with 622.3.

In the only Olympic event final scheduled on the day, Annu Raj Singh, who represented the country in the recently concluded Rio World Cup, won by shooting a score of 37 in the finals. She was way ahead of Asian Games champion Rahi Sarnobat, who shot 29 to finish second.

Rahi, however, was in rousing form through the day, having shot a stellar 588 in qualification earlier to lead the top eight into the finals.sports news in english

Pushpanjali Rana of the CISF and Neeraj Kaur of the BSF, who came second and third in qualification respectively, were way behind with 576 each.

Annu, however, shot a solid final to beat Rahi comfortably in the end.

Among other winners on the day, the Indian Navy’s Niraj Kumar won the junior men’s prone event, Ayushi Podder bagged junior women’s title while Tanu Raval took the top honour in junior women’s 25m pistol title.

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NRAI announces 41-member Indian team for Asian Shooting Championship

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New Delhi: A 41-member strong Indian shooting squad will look to secure the maximum possible Olympic quotas in the 14th Asian Championship, which begins in Doha on November 3.

Thirty-eight Olympic quota places will be up for grabs in the continental tournament in the Qatari capital.

The selection committee of the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI), which met in the capital on Wednesday, announced the team consisting of shooters across the 15 Olympic events, including six entries only for the non-competition Minimum Qualification Score (MQS) section.

A notable selection was the fielding of seasoned rifle shooter Sanjeev Rajput in the MQS section of the men’s 10m Air Rifle event.

This was done to ensure that in a situation the second quota in the event is not earned, Sanjeev can be kept for the event for Tokyo. Divyansh Panwar has earned one quota for India in the 10m Air rifle out of a maximum possible two till now.

There are also some new faces who will be seen for the first time in senior India colours in the Olympic events. Among them, Shravan Kumar (in men’s 10m Air Pistol) will join the duo of Abhishek Verma and Saurabh Chaudhary.

Also, in the men’s 25m Rapid Fire Pistol, where there are four quotas to be won in Doha, Bhavesh Shekhawat will partner the likes of Anish Bhanwala and Adarsh Singh.

Neeraj Kaur, in women’s 25m Pistol, will also be seen for the first time for India in an international event.

The teams across junior and youth categories as well as non-olympic categories were also announced.

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Shri Nivetha wins national shooting trials, Yashaswini Deswal disappoints

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New Delhi:  Shri Nivetha of Tamil Nadu won the women’s 10M Air Pistol shooting 239.7 at the National Shooting Trials T7 on Tuesday where Rio World Cup gold medallist Yashaswini Deswal finished out of medal bracket.

Maharashtra’s Harshada Nithave, who shot on 237.5 to claim second spot. Anoushka Bharadwaj of Rajasthan came third with 218.4.sports news in english

Rio 2019 World Cup gold medalist Yashaswini of Haryana returned the best score in the qualification round, shooting 583 to top the field. She however finished fourth in the finals.

Esha Singh of Telengana won the junior final while Haryana’s Shikha Narwal won the Youth category. Yogesh Singh of the Indian Navy won the men’s Centre Fire Pistol.

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Ruchita Vinerkar wins women’s 10m air pistol national trials

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New Delhi: Indian Railways’ Ruchita Rajendra won the women’s 10m air pistol national shooting trial, getting the better of Tamil Nadu’s Shri Nivetha 237.6 to 236.8 in the finals here on Monday.sports news headlines

Shikha Narwal of Haryana finished third with 216.8.

Ruchita had earlier grabbed the eighth and final qualifying spot with a score of 570 after the 60-shot qualification round. Shri Nivetha had topped qualification with a score of 582.

Other winners of the day included Rajasthan’s Aadhya Tayal who won the junior women’s 10m air pistol and Haryana’s Shikha who triumphed in the youth category of the same event.

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