Sift Kaur Samra and Niraj Kumar triumph in 50m Rifle 3P Events at Olympic Selection Trials

Sift Kaur Samra

World record holder Sift Kaur Samra emerged victorious in the first women’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions (3P) Olympic Selection Trial (OST T1) while Niraj Kumar outscored experienced shooters to win the men’s 50m 3 Positions (3P) Olympic Selection Trial (OST T1) on Wednesday. The first phase of the Olympic shooting trials is being conducted at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range.

Sift Kaur stuns Ashi Choksey

Sift Kaur Samra, an Asian Games champion and world record holder, showcased her prowess in the women’s 50m Rifle 3P event. She was up against Ashi Choksey, who led after the first 15 ‘kneeling position’ shots. However, Samra recovered brilliantly, blazing through the ‘prone’ position. By the end of it, she had not only wiped out the deficit but had also taken a lead of 2.4 over her nearest rival. Her final score of 466.3 was a healthy 3.7 points above Ashi’s tally of 462.6. Olympian Anjum Moudgil took the final podium position with a score of 449.2.

Niraj Kumar’s Victory

In the men’s 50m Rifle 3P event, Niraj Kumar outgunned his four rivals. He turned the tables on some of the favourites en route to the win, with a final score of 462.2. Paris quota holder and qualification topper Swapnil Kusale came in second, while Aishwary Tomar was third.

These victories are significant as they mark the first step towards the Paris 2024 Olympics. The Olympic Selection Trials are a crucial platform for shooters to showcase their skills and secure their spots in the upcoming Olympics. The triumph of Samra and Kumar in the 50m Rifle 3P events not only highlights their exceptional skills but also sets the stage for their journey towards the Paris 2024 Olympics.

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