Niraj Kumar wins gold at All India Kumar Surendra Singh Championship
Niraj Kumar dominated the rifle 3 position event as he defeated Sartaj Singh Tiwana 17-9 for gold at the 20th Kumar Surendra Singh Shooting Championship at the Dr. Karni Singh Range, Tughlakabad defeated
With a small group of spectators who didn’t add to the atmosphere with their impeccable polite demeanor, Navy rifleman Niraj sailed almost unchallenged for the gold. He was leading 15-3 before Sartaj hung up
a face-saving exercise that partially bridged the gap.
Niraj had previously led qualifying with 585 ahead of Manjeet Singh (583) and had little trouble topping Stage 2 with a 403.8.
In contrast, Sartaj had shot 578 in qualifying but performed well in the second leg to reach the gold medal match, 0.6 points ahead of another Navy shooter, Kiran Jadhav.
Surya Pratap Singh Banshtu, Manjeet Singh and Shivam Dabas ranked fourth through sixth in that order.
However, Punjab boy Sartaj Tiwana later got his say in a thriller of a junior finals as he defeated Surya Pratap Singh 17-15 in the last shot. Remarkably, Sartaj’s last shot was only a 9.0, but Surya
responded moments later with an 8.7, sliding the gold.
Junior qualifier Shivam Dabas (581) opted for bronze.
Kumar Surendra Singh was the President of the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI). As well as hosting the inaugural Commonwealth Championship in 1995, he had played a prominent role in raising the standard of Indian shooting by the early 1990s by employing foreign coaches.
50m rifle 3 position
Men: 1. Niraj Kumar 17 (403.8) 585; 2. Sartaj Singh Tiwana 9 (400.4) 578; 3. Kiran Jadhav 399.8 (578).
Juniors: 1st Sartaj Singh Tiwana 17 (400.7) 578; 2. Surya Pratap Singh 15 (402.0) 580; 3. Shivam Dabas 398.1 (581).
– Kamesh Srinivasan
Two silver medals for Indian lifters at World Youth Championships
India’s Akansha Kishor Vyavhare won the silver medal in the 40 kg category while Vijay Prajapati finished second with 49 kg at the 2022 IWF World Youth Weightlifting Championships in Leon, Mexico.
The two silver medals were won on Saturday, the opening day of the event.
Akansha lifted a total of 127kg (59kg + 68kg) while Vijay managed to lift 175kg (78kg + 97kg).
Akansha is an apprentice at SAI National Center of Excellence, Aurangabad and Vijay is an apprentice at NCOE Patiala.
“I would like to congratulate all the weightlifters for putting on a good show during the IWF World Youth Weightlifting Championships 2022 in Leon and commend the efforts of the Indian coaches who trained the athletes in the national camps in a short time,” said Sahdev Yadav, President of the Indian Weightlifting Federation.