Seasoned campaigner Mansher Singh came out smoking to win the tie-breaker with Anwer Sultan at the very first station and win the trap title in the National Shotgun Championships at the Karni Singh ranges on Monday. Allan Daniel Peoples scored 142 to clinch skeet title.
For both winners, it was a chance to come good after mediocre showing at the Asian Games, and they made the most of it. Mansher, who decided to compete at the last minute, was thrilled. “It was all about guts,” said the 41-year-old, who won his first national title 23 years ago. “I was struggling to come to terms with my Asian Games showing, a win like this suddenly changes my mindset,” said Mansher, who scored 111 out of 125 in the prelim phase.
But the real boom came in the final, where he shot 22 out of 25 for an aggregate of 133/150, tying with Anwer. Once into the tie-shoot, Mansher busted the target at the first station. Anwer, who looked nervous all along, had to settle for silver. Young Birendeep Sodhi won bronze with 132. Meanwhile, the case of missing score sheets on Sunday was sorted out. Apparently, one of the persons had gone back home with the two sheets in his pocket, as he was not feeling well.
At the skeet ranges, Peoples was a picture of concentration as he shot 118 out of 125, with Member of Parliament Naveen Jindal breathing down his neck at 117. But in the final, Peoples held his nerve to score 24 for a total of 142. Jindal took silver, finishing one point behind. Amit Sanghi from Andhra Pradesh took bronze with an aggregate of 140.
“I had peaked too early for Doha. I did well in training there but could not do that in the competition. This is my second national title and I am looking forward to maintaining consistency,” said Peoples.