New Delhi, February 11
Elavenil Valarivan, the current world No. 1 in women’s 10m air rifle, beat compatriot Apurvi Chandela’s standing final world record score to win the T3 national selection trials in the event today at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting range here.
This was the second time an Indian broke a world record mark in two days at the ongoing National Selection Trial 3&4 for Rifle/Pistol events. Divyansh Singh Panwar yesterday went past the final world record mark held by a Chinese shooter in the corresponding men’s final.
Elavenil shot 253 in the women’s 10m air rifle T3 final. Tokyo 2020 quota holder Apurvi had shot 252.9 in the New Delhi Word Cup two years back to claim the world record.
In the other events of the day, two more Tokyo 2020 quota winners won their respective trials. Among them, two-time Olympian Sanjeev Rajput continued a stellar run of form. He topped qualification with a score of 1176 in the men’s 50m rifle 3 Positions T3 event and then went on to post a wire-to-wire final victory with a classy 462.2.
Younger Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar, also a Tokyo quota winner, came in second with 458.1. He had also followed Sanjeev in second place in qualification with an 1172.
Manu Bhaker, the present world No. 2 in the event, won the women’s 10m air pistol T3 trials quite comfortably. She topped qualification with a score of 584 and then won the final with an effort of 243.7 after 24-shots.
The final winner of the day was Vijayveer Sidhu, who won the men’s 25m rapid fire pistol T3 event. Vijayveer shot 35 in the final to beat Bhavesh Shekhawat to second place. Rajasthan’s Bhavesh shot 29 to finish behind the Punjab youngster. — TNS, Agencies
New World record
Elavenil shot 253 in the women’s 10m air rifle T3 final to break Apurvi Chandela’s record of 252.9