Bindra defends title, Vijay too wins
Olympic medallists Abhinav Bindra and Vijay Kumar clinched a gold medal each in 10-metre air rifle and 25-metre standard pistol events respectively at the 58th National Shooting Championship on Monday.
India’s only Olympic gold medallist in individual sport, the 32-year-old Bindra shot a total of 208 to walk away with the top prize and defend his title in 10-metre air rifle at the Balewadi Shooting Range. Vijay, a silver medallist at the 2012 London Games, shot a total of 571 to become the new national champion in 25-metre standard pistol category.
Bindra had revealed his decision to only train twice a week just before the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon where he won a bronze. Army marksman Satyendra Singh finished second with a total of 207.2 in 10-metre air rifle event, while Haryana's Sanjeev Rajput settled for the bronze shooting a total of 185.
Ironically, Rajput had taken the pole position in the qualifications shooting a total of 624, while Bindra trailed the Haryana marksman by 3 points. In the team event the Army Marksmanship Unit of Satyendra, Chain Singh and Chavanke Ashok won the gold medal shooting 1857.5 points. Punjab finished second with a total of 1846.3 and the Air Force team settled the bronze with a total of 1842.9. In the 25-metre standard pistol event, Army marksman Gurpreet Singh walked away with the silver medal after shooting 570. Omkar Singh from Navy settled for the bronze with a total of 568.
In the team event the Army Marksmanship Unit won the gold medal with 1684 points, while the silver went to BSF with 1675 points. The Navy team settled for the bronze with 1665 points.