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Manjit pips Jitu Rai to win men’s 50m pistol gold at Shooting Nationals

Manjit shot 187.4 in the 20 shot final to win gold while Jitu Rai could only manage a score of 185.7.

By: PTI | Pune |
December 14, 2016 9:11:16 pm

Manjit, who represents Army Marksmanship Unit (AMU), pipped teammate and star Olympian Jitu Rai in the final of Men’s 50m Pistol event to claim the national champion crown at the ongoing 60th National Shooting Championship Competitions (NSCC) in Pune on Wednesday.

Manjit, who qualified for the eight-man final in third position with a score of 552, shot 187.4 in the 20 shot final to win gold at the Balewadi shooting range at Pune.

Jitu, who qualified in fifth position with a score of 550, could only manage a score of 185.7 in the final to settle for silver. Navy’s Omkar Singh won the bronze medal with a score of 164.8.

Manjit and Jitu also helped their AMU team win the team gold in the event quite comprehensively, shooting a total of 1642 in the company of Om Prakash.

The Air Force Team won silver with a score 1636 while Maharashtra won the bronze shooting a combined total of 1606.

In the Junior Men’s 50m Pistol event, Punjab’s Arjun Singh Cheema beat Haryana’s Anmol Jain 183.4 to 181 in the final to claim gold. Mankaran Preet Singh of Punjab won bronze with a score of 157.6.

Punjab also claimed the team gold in the event when Arjun, Mankaran and Surinder Singh totaled 1604 to turn out winners. Team Haryana won silver and Team Uttarakhand won bronze.

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