Nisha Kanwar wins double gold at Kumar Surendra Singh Memorial Shooting

Delhi, June 14 (IANS) The women’s 10m Air Rifle was the showcase of the second finals day of the 20th Kumar Surendra Singh Memorial shooting competition and Rajasthan’s Nisha Kanwar bagged the limelight with a double gold, including the coveted individual crown.
Nisha beat Gujarat’s Shailaja Patel 16-14 in a tightly contested Women’s 10m Air Rifle gold medal encounter, at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting range on Tuesday. She then also won the team gold for her state Rajasthan, teaming up with Manini Kaushik and Atmika Gupta.
In a 350+ individuals field studded with former and present India internationals, Nisha came though qualifying in fourth place with a score of 629.4 for her 60-shots. Meghana Sajjanar of the Railways topped with a strong 630.4.
She then topped the round of eight with an effort of 262.1 before edging out Shailaja in the final. The Gujarat girl claimed the eighth and final qualifying spot and did well to land silver. Mehuli Ghosh of West Bengal won bronze while Meghana finished fourth.
In the team competition, Nisha, Manini and Atmika totalled 1884.1 to top the 14-team field. West Bengal won silver with Mehuli Ghosh, Ayushi Podder and Arnisha Chowdhary combining for an effort of 1882.8. Ramita, Vinita Bharadwaj and Nancy won bronze for team Haryana.
Ramita also won the junior women’s 10m Air Rifle gold beating Atmika 17-7 in the junior final. She also won a silver on the day, losing out 13-17 to Yashika Shriramoj in the individual Youth competition.

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