Pankaj Mukheja beats Swapnil and Aishwary in trials

Pankaj Mukheja topped the field and qualified for the final with a leading-performance of 413 points during the ranking round.

Pankaj Mukheja file photo (Credit- National Rifle Association of India)
By Pushkar Pandey | Apr 18, 2023 | 3 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

Railways’ Pankaj Mukheja won the men’s 50m rifle 3 positions competition. In a close match, the 21-year-old Pankaj defeated Swapnil Kusale by 16 -12, who had earned the Paris Olympics quota for India. Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar, the country’s number one player, and the local favorite, had previously qualified for the event with a field-high 591 points. Aishwary came second to Swapnil, who shot 408 at the MP State Shooting Academy Range, by shooting 4074 in the ranking round. He narrowly missed competing for the gold medal, though. Pankaj Mukheja, who had 413 points, was in the lead during the ranking round.

Other athletes’ performance

At the national selection trials, Haryana shooters Nancy and Rhythm Sangwan won the women’s 10m air rifle and 25m pistol events. On day three of the Group A national selection trials for women’s 10m air rifle, Nancy defeated Mehull Ghosh of West Bengal 16-10. Mehuli will be pleased with her 633.8 qualifying round score, which made her the top scorer out of a field of 42 competitors. After finishing the ranking round with a score of 261,6, Shreya Agrawal placed third for the hosts, Madhya Pradesh (MP). With 32 hits in the medal match, Rhythm Sangwan maintained her exceptional form to win the women’s 25m pistol. Neha from Uttar Pradesh came in second with 31 hits, and Esha Singh from Telangana came in third with 21 hits.

To win the women’s 10m air rifle T3 trials among the juniors, MP Gautami Bhanot maintained her strong form. She won gold at the Khelo India Youth Games at the same location after winning in Korea the previous year. Delhi native Naamya Kapoor triumphed in the 25-meter junior women’s pistol event, and fellow compatriot Shivam Dabas won the 50-meter junior men’s rifle three-position event.

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About Rhythm Sangwan

Indian pistol shooter Rhythm Sangwan. Her usual events are 25 m Pistol and 10 m Air Pistol. She has medals from shooting competitions at both the junior and senior levels, including shooting world cups. As a child, Ridham Sangwan was inspired to use her father’s service revolver in such a way that she is now bringing honor to her nation as an international shooter. The 14th Asian Shooting Championship, held in Doha, Qatar’s capital city on November 13, saw Riddham, who has won numerous medals at the state and national levels, bring home the gold in the 10-meter air pistol.

About Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar

Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar is an Indian sport shooter who was born on February 3, 2001. At the 2019 Asian Shooting Championships, he took home the bronze medal in the 50-meter rifle three positions event, earning India a spot on the team for the 2020 Summer Olympics. With a 462.5 performance in the men’s 50-meter rifle three positions, Tomar won the 2021 ISSF World Cup competition in New Delhi. He qualified for the 2020 Summer Olympics by earning 155 points in the kneeling round and 310 points in the prone round before the standing elimination round. At the Lima, Peru, 2021 ISSF Junior World Championships, Aishwary won gold with a new junior world record in the men’s 50m Rifle three positions event.

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