Asian Games gold medallist Ronjan Sodhi shot 138 in double trap, and was six points behind the leader Ankur Mittal, in the shooting selection trials held at the Karni Singh Range, Tughlakabad, on Friday.

Ronjan, who shot rounds of 48, 43 and 47, had incidentally shot the same total on way to the bronze medal in the recent national championship.

Shayan Masood was one point behind Ankur Mittal in the second spot at 143, while Mohd. Asab shot 141 and Yoginder Pal Singh 140.

Olympic silver medallist Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, who was toying with the idea of calling it quits, shot 139, following rounds of 45, 46 and 48.

In trap, the reigning Asian and national champion, Manavjit Singh Sandhu shot 121 to lead the table, four points ahead of Mansher Singh.

Rathore’s son, Manavaditya Singh Rathore, who had won the bronze in the national championship, led the juniors with a total of 98, following rounds of 20, 21, 20, 16 and 21.

In men’s skeet, Arozepal Sandhu led the field with a total of 122. Former national champion Allan Daniel Peoples shot 118 while the reigning national champion Parampal Singh Guron shot 117, the same as another former national champion Mairaj Ahmad Khan.

In women’s trap, Olympian Shagun Chowdhary salvaged her position with a score of 62, after having failed to make the final in the national championship.

Shreyasi Singh who had won the national crown asserted herself yet again by leading the pack with a total of 65. World Cup medallist Seema Tomar had also shot 62, but national championship bronze medallist, Ria Rajeshwari Kumari, shot 53.

There will be another set of trials before the Indian team is finalised for the first two shotgun World Cups to be staged in Mexico and UAE. — Special Correspondent

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