SSCB continue good run at National Games shooting
Ranchi: Services Sports Control Board (SSCB) shooters remained on course to bag the overall title as they added two gold on the penultimate day of the shooting competition in the 34th National Games here on Sunday.
But the day belonged to both Services’ Gurpreet Singh and Punjab’s Heena Singh with the duo claiming one individual and one team gold each as the Armymen led the medal standings in shooting with 12 gold, eight silver and four bronze with Maharashtra on the second spot.
Heena clinched individual gold in 10m women’s air pistol with a record score as the day also witnessed another new mark by Vijay Kumar in the qualification round of 25m rapid fire pistol.
But Kumar failed in the final series to return empty-handed as his fellowmate Gurpreet Singh shot 572 (29), Haryana’s Harpreet Singh with 564 (24) and Madhya Pradesh’s Mahendar Singh 566 (20) grabbed the top three spots.
Vijay Kumar shot 581 in the qualification to improve his four year old record of 578 in Guwahati.
However the top score by Kumar ensured Services the team the gold medal as he along with Gurpreet Singh and Pemba Tamang logged 1730.
Haryana trio of Rahul Panwar, Harpreet Singh and Yogesh Singh (1680) and Madhya Pradesh’s Mahendra Singh, Poonam Kumar Choudhary and Toshit Kumar with 1649 won the silver and bronze.
Punjab’s Heena Sindhu shot 386 in the qualification round to eclipse four year old mark of Sonia Rai (383) while in the final she totalled 489.4 which broke 481.8 by Annu Raj Singh in the Guwahati Nationals (2007).
Maharashtra’s Jivan Rahi Sarnobat shot 479.4 (380+99.4) and HP’s Sonia Rai logged 477.8 (378+99.8) for the second and third spots.
The trio of Heena Sindhu, Harveen Sarao and Lakhbir Kaur Sindhu totalled 1135 to earn PUnjab the team gold, while Maharashtra’s Jivan Rahi Sarnobhat, Shreya Sanjay Gawande and Shital Thorat (1122) and Haryana’s Annu Raj Singh, Shweta chaudhary and Anisa Sayyed (1120) bagged the silver and bronze.