The continuing national selection trials (5 and 6) for Group A Rifle and Pistol Shooters took place at the Karni Singh Range on Tuesday, and Rajasthan’s Bhavesh Shekhawat won the men’s 25m rapid-fire pistol T6 trials while Ramita the women’s 10m air rifle T5 competition.
Bhavesh triumphed on Tuesday despite coming in second place to Anish Bhanwala in the T5 national selection trials earlier in the week. He outperformed Army shooter Gurmeet, who finished with a score of 31, by scoring 33 hits.
Ramita was in excellent form and won the women’s air rifle match with a final score of 252.8 after 24 shots.
Bhavesh, who this year has made the most improvement in rapid-fire shooting, finished third in qualifying with a score of 575. Anhad Jawanda of Punjab, who finished third and posted a second straight podium finish in the trials, placed second with 576 behind Gurmeet, who took first place with 579.
The other members of the top six were Anirudh Singh Rana, Udit Joshi, and Udhayveer Sidhu.
Ramita excelled in the women’s air rifle T5 trials. She won qualification with a world-class score of 632.4 and then took the lead in the finals after the first five shots of the round.
Her lowest scores were two 10.2 strokes each, but astonishingly, 14 of them were 10.6 or above.
The second-place finisher, Elavenil Valarivan of Gujarat, an Olympian, was also in her element, but Ramita edged her out by 0.9 points in the final tally. Nancy, a state-mate of Ramita, came in third with 230.2.
The brilliant Haryana shooter Sameer won the men’s rapid-fire pistol competition, while Manyata Singh from Odisha won the women’s air rifle competition.