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Thrilling win for Anjum-Arjun combine

On target: The women’s 25m sports pistol champion Pushpanjali Rana, centre, along with silver medallist Ruby Tomer, left, and Abhidnya Patil.  

Mehuli Ghosh and Abhinav Shaw made a spectacular fightback before Anjum Mudgil and Arjun Babuta closed it out for a 16-12 victory in the mixed air rifle team competition in the 12th Sardar Sajjan Singh Sethi Masters shooting championship at the Dr. Karni Singh Range, Tughlakabad, on Tuesday.

Anjum and Arjun led 12-0, before the Bengal pair won six of the next seven shots to bridge the gap to 14-12. The two-point difference also came about as Bengal had lost the ninth shot by 0.2 point.

After a bad start, the young Abhinav found his touch to provide able support to the consistent Mehuli and this saw Bengal leap into contention.

However, Anjum shot 10.7 and Arjun had 10.4 to clinch the last two points with ease, as Mehuli and Abhinav shot 10.3 and 9.9 respectively.

Pushpanjali proves a point

In women’s 25-metre sports pistol, the seasoned Pushpanjali Rana of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) found her rhythm in the nick of time to beat back the challenge from Ruby Tomer of Punjab Police, winning the shoot-off 4-3 after the two had tied on 28.

Ruby had led Pushpanjali 18-12 at one stage, but two perfect rounds of 5 each and a four put Pushpanjali on the track for gold.

The junior contest was more intense with Arunima Gaur winning the gold by beating Vishwa Jigneshbhai Dahiya 32-29. Abhidnya Patil won the bronze in both the women’s and junior sections.

In men’s centre fire pistol, Olympic Gurpreet Singh shot 585 to beat Arpit Goel and Yogesh Singh to the gold.

Arjun Singh Cheema won both the men’s and junior gold medals in the 50-metre free pistol.

The results:

Men: 25m centre fire pistol: 1. Gurpreet Singh 585, 2. Arpit Goel 583, 3. Yogesh Singh 582.

50m free pistol: 1. Arjun singh Cheema 570, 2. Anmol Jain 555, 3. Omkar Singh 553.

Juniors: 1. Arjun Singh Cheema 570, 2. Gaurav Rana 560, 3. Surinder Singh 548.

Women: 25m sports pistol: 1. Pushpanjali Rana 28(4) 574, 2. Ruby Tomer 28(3) 573 3. Abhidnya Patil 22 (571).

Juniors: 1. Arunima Gaur 32 (566), 2. Vishwa JIgneshbhai Dahiya 29 (561), 3. Abhidnya Patil 23 (571).

10m mixed air rifle team: 1. Punjab (Anjum Moudgil, Arjun Babuta) 16 (416.0; 625.6), 2. West Bengal (Mehuli Ghosh, Abhinav Shaw) 12 (416.6; 619.0), 3. Railways (Ayonika Paul, Akhil Sheoran) 6 (415.1; 619.3).

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