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Twin gold for Jitu, Sodhi wins double trap at National Games

17th Asian Games

Thiruvananthapuram: India’s latest shooting sensation and Asian Games Champion Jitu Rai won double gold medals in the pistol event while former World Cup winner Ronjan Sodhi bagged the yellow metal in the men’s double trap section on the 5th day of the 35th National Games here today.

Haryana and the Services Sports Control Board (SSCB) continued to be locked in a battle of supremacy with the latter taking the top spot with 45 medals that includes 26 gold, 9 silver and 10 bronze.

Haryana were breathing down the defending champions’ neck with 25 gold, 11 silver and 5 bronze which took their medal tally to 41.

Maharashtra were placed third with 18 gold 22 silver and 17 bronze (57).

At the shooting range, Jitu took completed a hat-trick of gold medals when he first combined with Gurpreet Singh and Omkar Singh to ensure a top finish for the SSCB in the 10m pistol team event before coming out trumps in the individual competition.

Jitu, Gurpreet and Omkar totalled 1724 to come out trumps against the Punjab team (1712), which was followed by Uttar Pradesh (1711). He added the individual gold with a score of 200.9, steering clear of the challenge presented by teammate Omkar (197.5) and Madhya Pradesh’s Amit Kumar Pilaniya (177.9).

“I am very happy with how I have performed. It is very satisfying to get both the gold medals,” said the shooter, who had surprisingly settled for a bronze in the 50m pistol individual event earlier in the Games.

Kerala sensation Elizabeth Koshy continued her good form and after the 50m rifle prone gold, she clinched the 50m Rifle 3 position gold as well by scoring 445.9 points.

Maharashtra’s Vedangi Tuljapurkar (444.7) was silver-medallist and Tamil Nadu’s Sandhya Winfred pulled off the bronze in a star-studded field, which featured among others veteran Anjali Bhagwat and Lajja Gauswami.

Bhagwat, however, claimed the team gold in this category, combining with Vedangi and former world champion Tejaswini Sawant to notch up the yellow metal for Maharashtra with a score of 1710.

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