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Bhavesh Shekhawat wins 25m rapid fire pistol national title, Olympic medallist Vijay Kumar fourth

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New Delhi, Nov 28 (MNN) Rajasthan’s Bhavesh Shekhawat won the men’s 25m rapid fire pistol event in the National Shooting Championships 2021 here on Sunday.

This was the 25-year-old pistol shooter’s first national title.

Bhavesh scored 33 hits out of a possible 40 in the eight-series finals, with three clean series scores of five, at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range here.

Army’s Gurpreet Singh, a silver medallist from the 2018 world championships in Changwon, South Korea, clinched the silver medal with 29.

Reigning Commonwealth champion Anish Bhanwala settled for the bronze medal with 22 hits.

London Olympics silver medallist Vijay Kumar, making a comeback after five years away from the sport, came in fourth with a score of 17.

The 36-year-old’s silver at London 2012 is still India’s only Olympic medal in pistol shooting.

Upcoming youngsters Vijayveer Sidhu and Ahnad Jawanda finished fifth and sixth respectively.

The men’s 25m rapid fire pistol was the third medal event in the Olympic shooting category at the nationals so far.

On Wednesday, Darshna Rathore won the women’s skeet title while Sarabjot Singh bested Tokyo Olympian Saurabh Chaudhary to clinch the men’s 10m air pistol title on Saturday.

The mixed air pistol final is scheduled for Monday while the finals for the women’s air pistol women’s 25m pistol will be held on December 4 and 6 respectively.

The 64th edition of the shooting nationals are being held concurrently at Patiala, Delhi and Bhopal. Over 4,500 shooters from all over India are participating in the nationals which conclude on December 6.

The national championship is being held after a gap of almost two years.

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