Elizabeth, Jitu enjoy contrasting victories

Elizabeth, Jitu enjoy contrasting victories

Elizabeth, Jitu enjoy contrasting victories

For the second time in three days, Elizabeth Koshi was the toast of the home fans while a super cool Jitu Rai made his presence felt at the National Games shooting range.

Koshi struck gold in the women’s 50M rifle 3-position event after a late charge in the final. In contrast, Jitu Rai was consistency personified in the men’s 10M air pistol, the Services man nailing the gold in clinical fashion.

For sheer drama, the women’s 3-position final was tough to beat. Lead kept changing hands and midway through, it seemed the experienced Lajja Gauswami of Gujarat would come out on top. Glitches in the scoring system, with decimal scores not being registered, also caused unease but Koshi weathered the tough situations well.

The Kerala shooter had won the gold medal in 50M rifle prone two days back and she seemed to be struggling in the early part of the competition. In fact, when the elimination started, she was in fourth position. But showing admirable composure, she pulled out some brilliant shots in crunch situations to work her way up, even as the others – Lajja, W Sandhya of Tamil Nadu and Vedangi Virag of Maharashtra -- began to slip.

Lajja, shockingly, fired an eight in the 43rd shot to tie with Vedangi and she lost the subsequent tie-shoot to bow out. In the three-way contest that unfolded, Sandhya cracked first, firing an 8.5 to exit the stage. Vedangi shot 9.6 even as Koshi soared to the top with a superb 10.7. With just a shot left, Koshi had a total of 435.8 to Vedangi’s 434.6. Both scored 10.1 in the final shot, Koshi finishing on 445.9 for the gold and Vedangi ending at 444.7 in second place.

“It was a tough and up and down competition but I really wanted to win today, and it was my day today,” said a delighted Koshi.

Jitu Rai defeated his Services team-mate Omkar Singh in the 10M pistol final, where Karnataka’s Prakash Nanjappa finished fifth after qualifying in second place. Omkar led initially but Jitu pulled away after the 10th shot and stayed there right till the end.

In Thrissur, Ronjan Sodhi and Shreyasi Singh won the gold in the men’s and women’s double trap respectively here.

Results: Men: 10M air pistol: Jitu Rai (Services) 191.3, 1; Omkar Singh (Services) 189.7, 2; Amit Kumar (Madhya Pradesh) 177.9, 3.

Double trap: Ronjan Sodhi (Punjab) 55, 1; Sangram Dahiya (Haryana) 50, 2; Ankur Mittal (Haryana) 49, 3.

10M pistol Team: Services, 1724,1; Punjab, 1712, 2; Uttar Pradesh, 1711, 3.

Women: 25M pistol: Rahi Sarnobat (Maharashtra) 21.0, 1; Shreya Gawande (Maharashtra) 20.0, 2; Surbhi Pathak (Madhya Pradesh) 17.0, 3.

50M rifle 3-positions: Elizabeth Koshy (Kerala) 435.8, 1; Vedangi Virag (Maharashtra) 434.6, 2; Sandhya W (Tamil Nadu) 434.5, 3.

Double trap: Shagun Chowdhary (Rajasthan) 93, 1; Varsha Tomar (Services) 91, 2; Shreyasi Singh (Bihar) 81, 3.

25M pistol team: 1. Maharashtra, 1710 1; Haryana, 1710, 2; Punjab, 1699, 3.

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