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Apurvi, Anjum likely to keep their spots

Apurvi Chandela.

Apurvi Chandela.  


Elavenil, who has been in top form, lies in the second position

Olympic quota winners Apurvi Chandela and Anjum Moudgil are set to retain their place in the National squad in women’s air rifle for the World Cup to be staged at the Dr. Karni Singh Range, Tughlakabad, in February.

While Apurvi has been consistent and topped the chart after the addition of merit points for her Olympic quota and the world rank, Anjum has managed a third spot behind Elavenil Valarivan who has been in brilliant form.

The team for the World Cup is likely to be selected in the second week of January.

Provisional rankings

A group of quality shooters, including the Commonwealth Games silver medallist Mehuli Ghosh, Meghana Sajjanar, Shreya Agrawal, Shriyanka Sadangi, Aayushi Gupta, Olympian Ayonika Paul, World University champion Viita Bhardwaj, and former Asian champion Pooja Ghatkar follow the top three in the provisional rankings.

Anjum Moudgil.

Anjum Moudgil.  


Anjum, of course, tops her main event — 50-metre rifle 3-position — in which she holds a world record 1180 in qualification.

Gaayathri Nithyanandam and former World Champion in prone, Tejaswini Sawant, follow Anjum in the list.

The young Manu Bhaker, the Commonwealth Games and Youth Olympics gold medallist, is likely to retain her place in both the air pistol and sports pistol events, as the No. 1 and No. 2 respectively.

Heena Sidhu climbed to the second spot after her world record score of 587 in air pistol in the recent trials.

Anuradha of Navy looks set to pip established names like Shri Nivetha, Shweta Singh, Yashaswini Singh Deswal and Annu Raj Singh in the race for a berth.

In sports pistol, Asian Games gold medallist Rahi Sarnobat tops the provisional list.

Chinki Yadav is placed third behind Manu but ahead of Annu Raj Singh, Heena Sidhu, Shreya Gawande, and Pushpanjali Rana.

Deepak, Ravi at the top

In men’s air rifle, the established shooters — Deepak Kumar and Ravi Kumar — remain at the top, and are followed by Divyansh Singh Panwar who was in roaring form during the recent trials in the men’s, junior and youth events

In the rifle 3-position event, Olympians Chain Singh and Sanjeev Rajput occupy the top, followed by Parul Kumar who looks set to overtake the World Cup gold medallist Akhil Sheoran, struggling with below-par qualification scores.

In rapid fire pistol, Anish Bhanwala, Arpit Goel and Adarsh Singh occupy the top three positions, ahead of Olympian Gurpreet Singh, Bhavesh Shekhawat and Olympic silver medallist Vijay Kumar.

The averages were still being worked out for men’s air pistol, in which Asian Games gold medallist, World Junior champion and Youth Olympics champion Saurabh Chaudhary is the overwhelming favourite to retain his top spot.

It will be interesting to see who joins him in the squad.

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