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    Gurpreet shoots gold in standard pistol at Nationals


    Gurpreet Singh shot 573 to win the gold in the Men’s 25m Standard Pistol at the 59th National Shooting Championship at the Dr. Karni Singh Range, New Delhi, on Thursday.

    The rapid fire specialist who has won the Olympic quota place in air pistol, the 27-year-old Gurpreet had 195 in the 150-second series and 189 each in the 20-second and 10-second series.

    Former national champion Mahaveer Singh won a three-way tie against Harpreet Singh and Yogesh Singh to clinch the silver two points behind Gurpreet.

    Mahaveer and Harpreet shot 47 in the shoot-off while Yogesh lost out with a 46. In the subsequent shoot-off, Mahaveer pipped Harpreet, another rapid fire expert, 46-43, to take the silver.

    The rapid fire pistol silver medallist, Neeraj Kumar was placed fifth, while Samaresh Jung (565), Ronak Pandit (563) and Omkar Singh (563) placed seventh, ninth and 11th respectively, among the other leading shooters in the event.

    In the junior section, Achal Pratap Singh Grewal won the gold, two points ahead of Shivam Shukla.

    The Results:

    Men’s 25m Standard Pistol: 1. Gurpreet Singh 573; 2. Mahaveer Singh 571 (46, 47); 3. Harpreet Singh 571 (43, 47); 4. Yogesh Singh 571 (46).

    Junior Men’s 25m Standard Pistol:: 1. Achal Pratap Singh Grewal 562; 2. Shivam Shukla 560; 3 Arjun Das 558.


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