Manavjit wins another trap gold in Nationals

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New Delhi, Nov 18- Former world champion Manavjit Singh Sandhu defended his national men’s trap title when he overcame the challenge of UP’s Anwer Sultan 45-43 at the ongoing 61st National Shotgun Championship here on Saturday.

Manavjit, representing Punjab, had shot 117 out of 125 to qualify for the finals in second position, the same score which got him to the finals last time in Jaipur.

India international Zoravar Singh Sandhu, who had topped qualification with the same score as Manavjit, shot 33 in the final to bag the bronze medal. Silver winner Anwer had shot 116 in qualification to be the fourth final qualifier out of six.

Former world champion Manavjit Singh Sandhu
Former world champion Manavjit Singh Sandhu

In the junior men’s trap, Haryana’s Lakshay Sheoran bagged top honours beating Rajasthan’s Vivaan Kapoor 41-39 in the final.

Maharashtra’s Ashutosh Sardar Murkute won bronze with a final round score of 31. Lakshay was fifth to qualify for the finals with a score of 113 in qualifications, which was topped by Rajasthan’s Aman Ali Elahi with a score of 116.

Aman, who has had a great outing, qualifying for both the senior and junior men’s trap final, was not denied a gold, as he eventually teamed up with Vivaan and Manavaditya Singh Rathore to bag the junior men’s team trap gold with a combined score of 336.

world champion Manavjit Singh Sandhu defended his national men's trap title
world champion Manavjit Singh Sandhu defended his national men’s trap title

Haryana, with 326, and Madhya Pradesh with 318, won the silver and bronze, respectively.

In the senior team men’s trap, Manavjit and Zoravar exchanged medal colours with Zoravar bagging gold for Air India along with teammate Birendeep Sodhi and SM Faisal.

Their combined total of 329 was one better than Haryana’s 328, while Manavjit’s Punjab also finished with 328, but won bronze in the final classification. PTI