Priya stuns Suma, Anjali to claim 10M air rifle title

Priya stuns Suma, Anjali to claim 10M air rifle title

Asian air gun team gold medallist Priya gave the host city its first gold medal in the ISSF ranking event with a combined score of 500.4 (397 in the qualifying and 103.4 in the final). She had eight perfect 10s in the finals.

Another lesser fancied youngster Aayushi Gupta of UP sneaked home with the silver medal with a combined effort of 497.7, pushing world record holder Suma to the third place with 497.6. Anjali finished out of the medal bracket though she performed brilliantly in the final with perfect 10s.

“It has been a dream to win it front of the home crowd,” said Railways markswoman Priya who will now fancy her chances of booking a berth at the London Olympics through next year’s Asian Championships in Doha, Qatar.

Pistol shooter Heena Sidhu won the women’s 10M air pistol event with an impressive score of 489.1 after firing 102.1 in the final. The Commonwealth Games silver medallist from Punjab was the most consistent performer in the final after having started at 387, five points ahead of Olympic berth holder Annu Raj Singh of Air India, and Shweta Chaudhary of ONGC.

In the men’s section, Om Prakash of Army edged past Navy’s Omkar Singh, who had a two-point lead going into the final, to the 10M air pistol gold. Prakash posted 100.3 for an aggregate of 676.3. Omkar maintained a nice cushion till the seventh shot before two back-to-back 8s pegged him down.

Results: Men: 10M air rifle: Aribam Dicky Sharma (Army) (593, 101.5, 694.5) 1; Parmendra Kumar (Army) (593, 100.4, 693.4) 2; PT Raghunath (Navy) (591, 101.5, 692.5) 3.
10M air pistol: Om Prakash (Army) (576, 100.3, 676.3) 1; Omkar Singh (Navy) (578, 97.9, 675.9) 2; Deepak Sharma (AI) (575, 99.3, 674.3) 3.
Women: 10M air rifle: Priya Agarwal (Rlys) (397, 103.4, 500.4) 1; Aayushi Gupta (UP) (396, 101.7, 497.7) 2; Suma Shirur (Rlys) (397, 100.6, 497.6) 3.
10M air pistol: Heena Sidhu (Pun) (387, 102.1, 489.1) 1; Shweta Chaudhary (ONGC) (382, 96.8, 478.8) 2; Annu Raj Singh (AI) (382, 96.2, 478.2) 3.

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