Shooting: Om Prakash shocks Saurabh


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Om Prakash Mithrawal (Army) upstaged Asian Games gold medallist Saurabh Choudhary (Uttar Pradesh) to win the 10m air pistol men’s title as the curtains fell on the 62nd National shooting championships at the Vattiyoorkavu National Games range on Friday.

The 23-year-old international from Rajasthan, who won the CWG bronze medal in Gold Coast earlier this year, led the field right through the 24-shot final while returning an impressive card of 241.1.

His 16-year-old rival from Meerut was upfront with a total of 587 going into the final, but Saurabh was unable to translate his form from the qualifiers.

He settled for second with a score of 239.8 while Arjun Das (Railways) finished third with 217.9.

Saurabh, however, was head and shoulders above his rivals in the junior category.

He won hands down with a total of 245.3, a good three points clear of Vijayveer Sidhy (Chandigarh). Arjun Singh Cheema (Punjab) took bronze with 220.7.

In the youth section, Sarabjot Singh (Haryana) won with a total of 241.6.

He outgunned Vijayveer Sidhu and his brother Udayveer, who finished second and third with 240.9 and 220.2 respectively.

The results: 10m air pistol: Men: 1. Om Prakash Mithrawal (Army) 580 (241.1), 2. Saurabh Choudhary (UP) 587 (239.8), 3. Arjun Das (Railways) 578 (217.9). Team: 1. Uttar Pradesh 1733, 2. Railways 1730, 3. Haryana 1729.

Juniors: 1. Saurabh Choudhary 587 (245.3), 2. Vijayveer Sidhu (Chd) 582 (242.3), 3. Arjun Singh Cheema (Pun) 577 (220.7). Team: 1. Uttar Pradesh 1732, 2. Haryana 1724, 3. Chandigarh 1718.

Youth: 1. Sarabjot Singh (Har) 578 (241.6), 2. Vijayveer 582 (240.9), 3. Udayveer 578 (220.2). Team: 1. Haryana 1727, 2. Chandigarh 1712, 3. Punjab 1712.

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