Sodhi wins double trap event in Masters Shooting

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Patiala, Mar 28: Ronjan Sodhi won the mens double trap event of the Indian Masters in the 6th Sardar Sajjan Singh Sethi Memorial Shooting Championship at the New Moti Bagh Gun Club Shooting Range here today. Sodhi, currently ranked among the top 10 in the world in this event aggregated 181 points to finish at the top in the finals today. Vikram Chopra finished second with 173 followed by Mohammed Asab with 171 points.
There was a tie for the 4th and 5th places which was decided by a tie shoot between Mahesh Singh and Ajay Mittal, with the former emerging victorious.

India's top shooter in this event, Col Rajya Vardhan Singh Rathore failed to impress and finished 6th with an aggregate of 122 points. The day started with the qualifying rounds of the double trap event. After three qualifying rounds the top 6 shooters qualified for the finals with Ronajn Sodhi leading the pack (134 pts) and Col Rajya Vardhan S Rathore taking the 6th spot (122 pts). Owing to ill health Col Rathore withdrew midway in the finals and the remaining five shooters vied for top honours.

In the womens double trap event, favourite Seema Tomar emerged victorious with 79 points, one point ahead of second placed Varsha Tomar. Shreyasi Singh finished third with 67 points. In the junior boys, double trap event Chetan Kumar was the winner with 90 points while Shreyasi Singh won in the junior girls section with 67 points.

Cash prizes were awarded to the top three participants in each of the events. While Rs 35,000 was pocketed by the winners, the second and third spot holders were awarded Rs 25,000 and Rs 15,000 respectively. Tomorrow is the mens skeet event. Prominent amongst the participants are Mr Navin Jindal (MP), Capt PPS Guron, A D Peoples, Aroz Pal S Sandhu and Mehraj Khan (current national Champion).


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