Tejaswani clinches two gold in National Games

Ranchi, Feb 16 (PTI) World champion Tejaswini Sawanthelped Maharashtra clinched two gold as veteran Samresh Jungopened his account earning Himachal Pradesh a yellow metal onday two of the shooting competition in the 34th National Gameshere today.

The day also saw Punjab''s Birender Sodhi creating arecord in the trap event when he improved the four year oldmark at the Tikait Umrao Shooting Range in Mega SportsComplex.

In her pet event of 50m rifle prone, Tejaswini shot 590out of 600 en route to the gold medal while Rajkumari Rathoreof Madhya Pradesh won the silver with 587 and Meena Kumari ofHimachal Pradesh bronze with 587.

Team Maharashtra of Tejaswini, Anjali Bhagwat, DeepaliDeshpande shot 1748 for the gold, while Services (1744) andMadhya Pradesh (1735) settled for silver and bronzerespectively.

Winner of five gold medals in the 2006 MelbourneCommonwealth Games, Jung representing HP shot 584 points forthe gold in centre-fire pistol where Pemba Tamang (Services)won the silver shooting 579 and Vivek Singh of Haryana bronzewith 576.

The centrefire pistol team event was won by Services asthe trio of Tamang, Omkar Singh, Pushpender Singh totalled1723, while Haryana (1685) and Tamil Nadu (1683) bagged thesilver and bronze respectively.

In the 50m rifle prone, Sanjeev Rajput of Services shot690.6 points en route to the gold, while Joydeep Karmakar(Bengal) shot 689.1 and Akash Ravidas (UP) had 688.4 forsilver and bronze respectively.

UP trio of Ravidas, Chain Singh, Sushil Ghaley totalled1757 for the gold medal. Services (1746) and Bengal (1743)bagged the silver and bronze respectively.

Sodhi shot 117 in the qualifying and 138 in the final toimprove the Zorawar Singh''s four year old record of 105 inqualifying and 123 in the final en route to the gold.

Representing Punjab, Manavjit Sandhu shot 136, whileAnwar Sultan (UP) shot 136.

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