India’s only individual Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra shot a score of 208 to walk away with the top prize and defend his national title in Men’s 10m Air Rifle at the National Shooting Championship in Pune.
Abhinav Bindra had revealed his decision to be a hobby shooter and only train twice a week just before the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon where he won a bronze.
Army marksman Satyendra Singh finished second with a total of 207.2 in 10-metre air rifle event, while Haryana’s Sanjeev Rajput settled for the bronze shooting a total of 185.
Ironically, Rajput had taken the pole position in the qualifications shooting a total of 624, while Bindra trailed the Haryana marksman by 3 points. In the team event the Army Marksmanship Unit of Satyendra, Chain Singh and Chavanke Ashok won the gold medal shooting 1857.5 points. Punjab finished second with a total of 1846.3 and the Air Force team settled the bronze with a total of 1842.9.
Vijay Kumar wins Gold in Standard Pistol
Vijay Kumar, a silver medallist at the 2012 London Games, shot a total of 571 to become the new national champion in Men’s 25m Standard Pistol. In the 25-metre standard pistol event, Army marksman Gurpreet Singh walked away with the silver medal after shooting 570. Omkar Singh from Navy settled for the bronze with a total of 568.
In the team event the Army Marksmanship Unit won the gold medal with 1684 points, while the silver went to BSF with 1675 points. The Navy team settled for the bronze with 1665 points.