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Veteran Shooter Stuns Young Guns at National Shooting Trials

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Veteran Shweta Singh managed to fend off a challenge from the young generation of shooters to clinch the first place in women’s 10m pistol event at the National Shooting Selection Trials. The 32-year old finished ahead of 15-year-old Rhythm Sangwan and 17-year old Youth Olympic Gold medallist, Manu Bhaker.

Rhythm Sangwan was the qualification topper in the 10m air pistol event but Shweta grabbed the first place by just 0.2 points in the final. In a low-scoring thrilling final, Manu Bhaker, who has qualified for the Tokyo Olympics, finished third, well behind the first two shooters.

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45-year old D. Padma, former hammer thrower, stunned everyone with a sixth-place finish in the same event, ahead of Devanshi Rana and Deepika Patel.

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It was not a great day for Manu Bhaker (Credits Twitter)

The upsets continued as 14-year old Esha Singh finished first in the 10m pistol junior event, beating Manu Bhaker by just 0.9 points. As Esha and Manu were both resting for their final, 15-year-old Saumya Dhyani won the first place in youth event with 243.9 points, 3.2 more than second-placed Tejaswani.

In the 25m rapid fire pistol, Anish Bhanwala and Adarsh Singh won the first place in men’s and junior category respectively. Anish’s first place in the men’s category came with his score of 590 in the qualification, just three short of the world record. But he had to settle for second place in the junior event, where Adarsh beat him 5-2 in the shoot-off after the duo was tied at 32-32 in the final.

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In the 50m rifle prone, former world champions, Tejaswini Sawant won the first place with 620.3 points, defeating Nischal by 3.5 points. But young Nischal won the junior event, beating Kinnori Konar by just 0.4 points.

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Note: Points in Final (Qualification Points)

10m air pistol:


  • 1. Shweta Singh 239.3 (578)
  • 2. Rhythm Sangwan 239.1 (579)
  • 3. Manu Bhaker 217.0 (578)


  • 1. Esha Singh 239.8 (571)
  • 2. Manu Bhaker 238.9 (578)
  • 3. Devanshi Rana 216.8 (572)


  • 1. Saumya Dhyani 243.9 (569)
  • 2. Tejaswani 240.7 (565)
  • 3. Janhavi Deshmukh 219.8 (571)

25m rapid fire pistol:


  • 1. Anish Bhanwala 35 (590)
  • 2. Udhayveer Sidhu 27 (583)
  • 3. Vijayveer Sidhu 21 (587)


  • 1. Adarsh Singh 32(5) 584
  • 2. Anish Bhanwala 32(2) 590
  • 3. Udhayveer Sidhu 26 (583)

50m rifle prone:


  • 1. Tejaswini Sawant 620.3
  • 2. Nischal 616.8
  • 3. KC Hema 616.8


  • 1. Nischal 616.8
  • 2. Kinnori Konar 616.4
  • 3. Ashi Chouksey 615.2

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Chinmay Pagar
Chinmay Pagar
I might be a Mechanical Engineer on the paper, but I was a Sports enthusiast since childhood, screaming at the TV watching cricket at the age of 4. Not much excites me other than sports unless it's free pizza. I can watch literally anything remotely related to sports; Cricket, Football, Tennis, F1, Hockey, Athletics, Chess, you name it! And I love to write too, so at the time I'm not watching sports, I'm writing about it. Or eating pizzas, of course.


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