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Arjun Babuta wins with record in shooting at Olympic Selection Trials

Arjun Babuta wins with record in shooting at Olympic Selection Trials

New Delhi: Arjun Babuta won 1&2 for Rifle and Pistol with work records in the final of Men's 10M Air Rifle in the ongoing Olympic Selection Trials. He posted a tally of 254.0 in the OST T1 final, which was 0.3 above the mark set by fellow finalist and India teammate Divyansh Singh Panwar at the Cairo World Cup earlier this year, IANS reported.

Also registering wins in their respective OST T1 final matches were Nancy (women's 10M Air Rifle), Varun Tomar (men's 100M Air Pistol) and Rhythm Sangwan (women's 10M Air Pistol.

Arjun's scoresheet was studded with two perfect 10.9 gems, besides 13 other shots, which were 10.6 or above. His lowest score of 10.0 came only on the 21st shot, by which time he had already established a huge gap over the field, winning it by 2.8 in the end over 2022 world champ Rudrankksh Patil. Sri Karthik Sabari Raj was third.

Nancy was probably a little less lethal than Arjun in the women's 10M Air Rifle OST T1 final, but definitely as effective in securing a comfortable and similar pillar-to-post win. Her tally of 253.4 missed the world mark by 0.6 but was more than enough to ward off quota holder Mehuli Ghosh by 0.7. Olympian Elavenil Valarivan was third.

The men's 10M Air Pistol final saw Paris quota-holder Varun Tomar securing yet another comfortable victory on the day, with a score of 244.1. Ravinder Singh was a whole 4.1 points behind in the second, while Varun's fellow Paris quota holder Sarabjot Singh (217.4) picked up the final podium points with a third-place finish.

Rhythm Sangwan, one of three in the women's field to have qualified for both the Air Pistol and Sport Pistol trials, made up somewhat for the disappointments in the Sport Pistol trials earlier by taking the overall lead in the Air Pistol event after a comprehensive performance in its first trial match.

After topping qualifications on Wednesday with a score of 578, she led from start to finish in the final to also collect the highest podium points available. Her score of 243.5 was a huge 5.7, better than that of the second-finishing Manu Bhaker. Reigning Asian Games champ Palak finished third.

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