Om Prakash Mitharwal, Vijay Kumar win twin gold in KSS Memorial Shooting Championship
Om Prakash Mitharwal won gold in 50m free pistol category while Vijay Kumar won in the 25m Center Fire Pistol individual and team event.other sports Updated: Jun 21, 2018 12:58 IST
Commonwealth Games 2018 bronze-medalist Om Prakash Mitharwal edged past 2010 CWG gold medalist Omkar Singh by just one point to clinch the gold in the 50m free pistol category at the KSS Memorial Shooting Championship in New Delhi on Wednesday.
Omkar, serving in the Navy, stayed hot on Om Prakash’s heels to score 559 but the army man stayed calm when it mattered most to score 560 and took the first spot on the podium.
Another Army man Gurpal Singh, was also not far behind as he bagged the bronze with a score of 553.
The Army marksmanship unit comprising of Om Prakash, Gurpal Singh and Jain Singh were in red hot form as they topped the charts with 1654 and annexed the gold in the 50m Free Pistol Team event.
Air Force’s Monu Tomar lead the charge as his teammates - Ravinder and Deepak Malik - aided in scoring 1641 and took the second spot. Dwindling with a score of 1626, the trio from Navy - Omkar Singh, Saurav Malik and Yogesh Singh - had to settle for a bronze.
In the 50m Pistol Junior category, Haryana’s Anmol Jain scored 552 to bag the gold while Surinder Singh settled for silver with 545. Delhi’s Suraj Bhambhani took the third spot on the podium with a score of 540.
Meanwhile, 2012 Olympic gold medalist Vijay Kumar displayed his class as he bagged two gold medals for Haryana in the 25m Center Fire Pistol individual and team event.
In the 25m Center Fire Pistol (individual) category, Vijay Kumar (583) also had a heart in mouth moment as he pipped 2010 CWG gold medalist in the 25m Rapid Fire Pistol category Gurpreet Singh (582) to emerge triumphant with a gold in nail biting encounter.
In third spot, BSF’s Mahinder Singh also scored 582 but had to settle for bronze on virtue of his shots during the final round.
The 10m Air Pistol Women roster saw Abhidnya Patil of Maharashtra take the gold with 240.5 and left the former world number one seed Heena Sidhu biting the dust with a silver. Punjab’s Harveen Sarao claimed the third spot.
The junior category of the 10m Air Pistol event saw the lass from Maharashtra continue her momentum as she took her second gold of the day while SSB’s Yogita had to settle for silver. Haryana’s Nayani Bharadwaj earned the bronze for her exploits.
First Published: Jun 21, 2018 12:58 IST