The 13-year-old Manavaditya Singh Rathore, son of Olympic silver medallist Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, put himself in line for selection in the national squad by finishing second among the juniors.
An VIII standard student, Manavaditya had an average of 100 out of 125 spread over the national championship and two selection trials. He was second behind the Susheel Sharan of Bangalore, who shot an average of 112.
Despite missing out on a medal in the recent national championship, Manavaditya had shot a score of 107 in the second trial in trap that finished at the Karni Singh Range in Tughlakabad on Monday. He had shot 98 in the first trial.
Sharan had shot 112 for the gold in the national championship and followed that up with scores of 111 and 113 in the two trials, in that order.
Both Manavaditya and Rajyavardhan Rathore may find themselves in the same squad, albeit in different events as the senior Rathore had won the national championship gold apart from faring well in the first trials. The second trial in double trap will be held on Wednesday.
The National Rifle Association of India has made a conscious decision to support the juniors this season by fielding the deserving candidates in the MQS section of the men’s events in World Cups, ahead of the seasoned shooters.
Meanwhile, Mansher Singh shot 118 to lead the table ahead of Zorawar Sandhu (117) and Birendeep Sodhi (116), Kynan Chenai (115), Vikram Deo Singh (114) and Anirudh Singh (113) in the second trap trials.
Manavjit Singh Sandhu had ensured his spot with a score of 121 in the first trials.
In women’s trap, World Cup medallist Seema Tomar shot 67, one point ahead of Olympian Shagun Chowdhary and Varsha Tomar.
Varsha Varman shot 65 while national champion Shreyasi Singh shot 61, four points below her first trial score. — Special Correspondent