Parampal Singh Guron, an agriculturist from Samrala in Punjab, clinched the men’s skeet gold with a perfect final round in the Sahara 56th National shooting championship here on Saturday.

It was the second National crown for Guron who had missed the Olympic qualification in the Asian Championship at the start of the season, with a similar score of 120.

Guron said that he was “on top of the world”, but remarked that he was more happy with the improving standard of skeet in the country.

Smit Singh, who also shot a 25 in the final, beat defending champion Allan Daniel Peoples 2-1 in the shoot-off after the latter had missed the last bird earlier in losing the race for gold. Incidentally, Smit had won a four-way tie for the silver in the last edition.

In women’s air pistol, Heena Sidhu and Annu Raj Singh led the field with 383 points.

In men’s rifle prone, Surendra Singh Rathod led with 1158, and was followed by Sanjeev Rajput (1154) and Chain Singh (1150). In men’s rapid fire pistol, Harpreet Singh shot 290 out of 300 to lead at the half way stage.

The results: Men: Skeet: 1. Parampal Singh Guron 145 (25); 2. Smit Singh 144 (2) 119; 3. Allan Daniel Peoples 144 (1) 120; 4. Sheeraz Sheikh 142 (118); 5. Arozepal Sandhu 139 (117); 6. Mairaj Ahmad Khan 138 (115). Juniors: 1. Abbas Ansari 114; 2. Karanvir Singh Sekhon 109; 3. Anantjeet Singh Naruka 108.

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