New Delhi: It all came down to the last shot of the 50M Rifle three position women category and the 2013 ISSF World Cup silver medalist Lajja Goswami kept her composure to shoot 10.3 and bagged the first spot in an anxious encounter of the fifth national selection trials at the 18th Kumar Surendra Singh Shooting Memorial Championship, here at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range on Sunday evening.
Another shooter from Gujarat, Hema K.C, was breathing down Lajja’s neck and stayed on path to annexing the first spot but Lajja had other plans. The Police Inspector from Guajarat, Lajja, kept it till the last shot and broke Hema’s heart by scoring 453.4 and won by a narrow margin of .3.
Jammu and Kashmir’s Shreya Saksena scored 442.7 to claim third spot.
The men’s event saw Olympian Chain Singh taking the third spot with 440.5 while Commonwealth Championship bronze medalist Swapnil Suresh Kusale (453.4) was placed second.
However, Parul Kumar proved too hot to handle for the renowned shooters as he scored 455.1 to seize the first spot. In the 10M Pistol event for men, Abhishek Verma of Haryana, left the stalwarts of Indian shooting behind as he scored 244 in the final round to top the charts.
Deepak Sharma finished with 239.8 and was second while Jitu Rai settled for the third spot with 218.2.
Selection Trials 5
1. Abhishek Verma, Haryana 244, 2. Deepak Sharma, Air India 239.8, 3. Jitu Rai, Army 218.2
Junior: 1. Himanshu Tanwar, Haryana 240.7, 2. Manish Narwal, Haryana 238.2, 3. Monu Kumar, UP 197.8
Youth: 1. Monu Kumar, UP 244.1, 2. Harsh Gupta, Del 242.2, 3. Manish Narwal, Haryana 218.5
50M Rifle 3 Position: 1. Parul Kumar, Air Force - 455.1, 2. Swapnil Suresh Kusale 453.4, 3. Chain Singh - 440.5
50M Rifle 3 Position: 1. Lajja Gauswami, Gujarat 453.4, 2. Hema KC, Gujarat 453.1, 3. Shreya Saksena, J&K 442.7