Shahzar shoots air pistol gold

November 2, 2017

Shahzar shoots air pistol gold


Shahzar Rizvi beat the much accomplished Omkar Singh and Jitu Rai to the men’s air pistol gold in the Commonwealth shooting championship here on Wednesday.

The day belonged to the 23-year-old Shahzar, who has very little international exposure as compared to Omkar Singh and Jitu Rai.

Shahzar topped qualification with 581 points, five ahead of Omkar, while Jitu continued to struggle — as he did during the World Cup Final last week — in returning a modest 571.

In the final, Shahzar recovered from a slow start to pull ahead. He marched forward on the last six shots, while Omkar and Jitu slipped with a string of low scoring shots. Shahzar eventually won by a 4.7 point margin.

The Indian shotgun shooters continued to slip, especially in skeet. Angad Vir Singh Bajwa, Mairaj Ahmad Khan and Sheeraz Sheikh had to fight among themselves for the last two spots in the final after being tied at 119. They eventually finished fifth to seventh.

The women air rifle shooters did very well to clinch gold and silver through Pooja Ghatkar and Anjum Moudgil, while Meghana Sajjanar narrowly missed being among the medals.

Pooja and Anjum took the fourth and sixth spots during qualification before finishing strongly in the final. Pooja beat Anjum by 1.1 point.

The results: Men: 10m air pistol: 1. Shahzar Rizvi 240.7 (581); 2. Omkar Singh 236.0 (576); 3. Jitu Rai 214.1 (571).

Skeet: 1. Ben Llewellin (Wal) 59 (120)6; 2. Jack Fairclough (Eng) 51 (122)4; 3. Paul Adams (Aus) 43 (122)3; 5. Angad Vir Singh Bajwa 25 (119)10; 6. Mairaj Ahmad Khan 15 (119)(9,4); 7. Sheeraz Sheikh 15 (119)(9,3).

Women: 10m air rifle: 1. Pooja Ghatkar 249.8 (415.3); 2. Anjum Moudgil 248.7 (414.1); 3. Martina Lindsay Veloso (Sgp) 224.8 (417.5); 5. Meghana Sajjanar 183.8.

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