Shahzar, Swapnil Beat Hotshots for National Glory

Published: 07th December 2015 06:27 AM  |   Last Updated: 07th December 2015 06:27 AM   |  A+A-

NEW DELHI: Shahzar Rizvi of the Indian Air Force and Swapnil Kusale of Railways, beat more acclaimed shooters in the men’s 10m air pistol and 50m air rifle events, to steal the limelight on Day 5 of the 59th National Shooting Championship here.

Shahzar beat an eight-man final lineup comprising the likes of Jitu Rai, Vijay Kumar and Omkar Singh, all decorated India internationals along with up and coming India junior talent, Achal Pratap Singh Grewal to clinch the air pistol crown. Vijay Kumar won the silver while BSF’s Sib Kumar Ghosh won the bronze.  Omkar finished fourth while fancied Jitu Rai could only finish sixth.

In the men’s 50m rifle prone final, talented youngster Swapnil, beat the likes of Gagan Narang, Chain Singh and Hariom Singh, again all decorated India internationals, to bag the gold medal, shooting a total score of 628.7. Chain Singh won silver with a score of 205.5 while Narang won the bronze.

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