Twin gold for Om Prakash, silver for Heena

June 21, 2018, Chandigarh



Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Om Prakash Mitharwal edged 2010 CWG gold medallist Omkar Singh by just one point to clinch the gold medal in the 50m free pistol category at the 18th KSS Memorial Shooting Championship here on Wednesday.

London Olympic silver medallist Vijay Kumar also displayed his class as he bagged two gold medals for Haryana in the 25m center fire pistol individual and team event respectively.

Army man Om Prakash, who won the World Cup mixed team gold medal in the 10m air pistol category, scored 560 and took the first spot.

Omkar, serving in the Navy, stayed hot on Om Prakash’s heels to score 559, but the Army man stayed calm when it mattered most to grab the gold medal. Another Army man Gurpal Singh, was also not far behind as he bagged the bronze with a score of 553.

The Army marksmanship unit comprising of Om Prakash, Gurpal Singh and Jain Singh were in red hot form as they topped the chart with 1654 and annexed the gold in the 50m free pistol team event.

Air Force’s Monu Tomar lead the charge as his teammates — Ravinder and Deepak Malik — aided in scoring 1641 and took the second spot. Dwindling with a score of 1626, the trio from Navy — Omkar Singh, Saurav Malik and Yogesh Singh — had to settle for a bronze.

The 10m air pistol women roster saw Abhidnya Patil of Maharashtra take the gold with 240.5, leaving former World No.1 Heena Sidhu with silver. Punjab’s Harveen Sarao finished third.

In the 50m pistol junior category, Haryana’s Anmol Jain scored 552 to bag the gold while Surinder Singh settled for silver with 545. Delhi’s Suraj Bhambhani (540) took the third spot.

In the 25m centre fire pistol (individual) category, Vijay Kumar (583) pipped 2010 CWG gold medallist in the 25m rapid fire pistol category Gurpreet Singh (582) to triumph in nail biting encounter. BSF’s Mahinder Singh had to settle for bronze

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