Anmol, Priya pair augur well for mixed air pistol

Kirti Patil
Thursday, 17 January 2019

“We don’t really practice together as such, but since this event has become part of shooting programme we do shoot together a day in advance to understand each other’s temperament,” said Anmol after winning the 10m air pistol gold medal at the Khelo India Youth Games shooting competition at the Balewadi Ranges here on Wednesday.

Pune: Haryana’s air pistol pair of Anmol Jain and Priya Raghav shot impressively to pluck out mixed team gold medal at the 10m range that augured well for India’s future in shooting as mixed gender events get integrated into mainstream competition after the International Olympic Committee pushed for gender equality under Mission 2020 programme.

“We don’t really practice together as such, but since this event has become part of shooting programme we do shoot together a day in advance to understand each other’s temperament,” said Anmol after winning the 10m air pistol gold medal at the Khelo India Youth Games shooting competition at the Balewadi Ranges here on Wednesday.

The five pair final saw Haryana, Telangana, Punjab, Uttarakhand and Maharashtra line-up for the 24-shot final. It was host pair of Harshada Nithave and Tejas Dhere who were eliminated first after the mandatory 17 shots were taken.

Uttarakhand was next to go before Punjab settled for bronze medal, but the wide gap that the Haryana pair had opened up worked well for them.

“We were looking at each other’s scores because we think it helps to concentrate than taking pressure of the competition,” Priya and Anmol said in unison.

Anmol, who missed out on a place in the Indian team after being ranked No 8 in the senior ranking, said he would work hard to get into the National squad for ISSF World Cup events.

“I knew after five shots that we were winning the gold medal and that really helped to ease off the pressure,” sad Anmol, who practices with coach Rakesh Singh in Faridabad.

Garcha wins skeet gold
Gurnihal Singh Garcha, the ISSF World Championship junior bronze medallist, claimed the Men’s Under-21 skeet gold medal by raising his performance in the second half of the final to levels that left the others gasping in awe. He closed in on the crown with a display that combined precision 
and calm.

Having missed four birds in the first 30 shots, Garcha was trailing Rajasthan’s Anantjeet Singh Naruka by a point. The puffs of wind and his rivals eager to make a run for gold did not seem to matter to him.

The 19-year-old, son of a Ludhiana farmer who has installed a skeet range in his farm, moved into a zone and shot the next 30 points down relentlessly to romp home as the winner.

The 20-year-old Naruka caught the eye with a good display in the first half, which he ended with 14 shots in-a-row. But after stretching that to 19 successive shots, he missed two in quick succession and lost his rhythm. Punjab’s Abhay Singh Sekhon took the bronze medal after having been tied for the top spot after the first 20 shots.

Varshaa wins Rifle 3P gold
At the 50m range, Tamil Nadu’s G. Varshaa made a telling statement, first with a resolute show with her rifle to win the girls Under-21 50m Rifle 3-position gold.

Results:
Men: Under-21:
Skeet: 1. Gurnihal Singh Garcha (Pun) 56; 2. Anantjeet Singh Naruka (Raj) 52; 3. Abhay Singh Sekhon (Pun) 41; 4. Arjun Thakur (MP) 32; 5. Ayush Rudraraju (Tel) 20; 6. Munek Battula (Tel) 10.
Women: Under-17:
50m Rifle 3-Position: 1. G Varshaa (TN) 447.1; 2. Shirin Godara (Har) 443.3; 3. Ayushi Podder (Ben) 432.8; 4. Zenab Hussain (MP) 420.9; 5. Ashi Chouksey (MP) 409.4; 6. Mansi Singh (MP) 397.2; 7. Bhakti Khamkar (Mah) 387.6.
Skeet: 1. Darshana Rathore (Raj) 49; 2. Simranpreet Kaur (Pun) 44; 3. Pooja Vishwakarma (MP) 37; 4. Asees Chhina (Pun) 28; 5. Areeba Khan (UP) 20; 6. Komal (Har) 13.
Mixed Team: 10m air pistol: 1. Haryana (Priya Raghav, Anmol Jain) 464.9; 2. Telangana (Esha Singh, Aga Mohammed Zainulabedin) 461.8; 3. Punjab (Arjun Singh Cheema, Pardeep Kaur Sidhu) 394.7; 4. Uttarakhand (Neha, Arjun Singh) 356.6; 5. Maharashtra (Harshada Nithave, Tejas Dhere) 316.2.
 

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