THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Olympic silver medalist Vijay Kumar picked up his second individual gold at the 35th National Games as he won the men's 25 metre rapid fire pistol event on the final day of shooting competitions at the Karni Singh Plaza Shooting Range here on Saturday.
Vijay took the top honours by amassing 28 points to finish ahead of Punjab's Harpreet Singh who took the silver with 23 points. Maharashtra's Shivraj Sase won the bronze medal with a score of 19 points. Vijay had earlier won gold in the 25 metre centre fire pistol but had to settle for a bronze in the 25 metre standard pistol event.
"After the 2012 Olympics, I was told several times that this event belongs to me. So, I am glad that I could live up to the expectations," said Vijay. "Injuries have affected me badly but I am glad to have done so well here. I made sure that I stuck to my technique and it got me the desired results," he added.
Meanwhile, in the women's 10 metre air pistol, Heena Sidhu took the gold medal with 200.8 points while Malaika Goel ensured Punjab made a one-two on the podium by coming second with 196.5 points. Haryana's Annuraj Singh took bronze with 177 points.