Mehuli Ghosh of West Bengal beat Karnataka’s Tilottama Sen 17-9 to win the Women’s 10m Air Rifle (T2) at the ongoing National Selection Trials in Bhopal.
The 21-year-old Mehuli, a Commonwealth Games silver medallist, had finished second in T1 on Friday. Tilottama, however, won the junior event and also finished second in youth for a profitable day.
Mehuli had shot 630.1 on Saturday to qualify for the semifinal. Olympian Elavenil Valarivan of Gujarat, topped the field with 632.1. From the two semifinals on Sunday, Mehuli, Tilottama and Elavenil were joined in the medal match by Haryana’s Ramita. Here, Elavenil settled for bronze with 37 points while Mehuli (48) and Tilottama made it to the title round.
In the Junior Women’s final, Tilottama clashed with Arya Rajesh Borse of Maharashtra, who had won the T1 Junior trials on Friday. This time however, Tilottama got the better of her, winning 17-5 in the end. She had to settle for silver again in the all-Karnataka Youth final, where Yukthi Rajendra beat her 17-9.
The Men’s 50m Rifle Three Positions (T1) & (T2) were also completed on Saturday where Niraj Kumar of the Indian Navy got the better of Madhya Pradesh’s Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar by a margin of 17-5 to win T1, while the seasoned Army marksman Chain Singh, beat the Railways’ Swapnil Suresh Kusale 17-9 to win T2.
Over 3300 Shooters, including all top Shooters of the country, are participating in the year’s first National Selection Trials in Bhopal, after they had to be postponed from January this year, because of the raging pandemic. Indian teams for the upcoming ISSF World Cup in Baku and Junior World Cup in Suhl are to be selected on the basis of these trials.