Shooter Manjit wins gold at national championships

Pune, Dec 14 (IANS) Army shooter Manjit pipped teammate and star Olympian Jitu Rai to the gold medal in the mens 50m Pistol event at the ongoing 60th National Shooting Championship Competitions (NSCC) here on Wednesday.

Manjit, who qualified for the eight-man final in third position with a score of 552, shot 187.4 in the 20-shot final to emerge champion at the Balewadi Shooting Range.

Jitu, who qualified in fifth position with a score of 550, could only manage a score of 185.7 in the final to settle for the Silver medal.

Navy’s Omkar Singh took the bronze with a score of 164.8.

The Army won the team gold with Manjit, Jitu and Om Prakash shooting a total of 1,642.

The Air Force team took the team silver with a score 1,636 while Maharashtra got the broze with a combined total of 1,606.

In the junior men’s 50m Pistol event, Punjab’s Arjun Singh Cheema beat Haryana’s Anmol Jain 183.4 to 181 in the final to claim gold.

Mankaran Preet Singh of Punjab took the bronze with a score of 157.6.

Punjab also claimed the team gold in the event with Arjun, Mankaran and Surinder Singh notching up a total of 1,604. Haryana cliamed the silver and Uttarakhand got the bronze.