Olympic medalist Vijay Kumar shot his way through to the Men’s 25M Centre Fire Pistol Gold on day 12 of the 59th National Shooting Championship here at the Dr. Karni Singh Shooting Range in the national capital. Vijay who has not yet secured a quota for the upcoming Rio Olympics, is trying to get back to his best after being laid low by injury in the past couple of years. This win will give him a lot of confidence before the final Rio Olympic Qualifying event begins at the same range at the end of next month. Gurpreet Singh of the Army won the Silver while National Rapid Fire Pistol Champion Pemba Tamang won the Bronze making it a clean sweep for the Army team.
Vijay shot a combined score of 588 over the rapid and precision rounds to edge out Gurpreet who finished with a 586. Pemba managed 582 to secure third place.
Earlier on Saturday, Olympic medalist Gagan Narang had prevented yet another Army clean sweep in the Men’s 10M Air Rifle event when he won the Silver medal in a final field that had five army men. Imran Hasan Khan had won the Gold in the event while another army marksman Chain Singh had won Bronze.Published 13 Dec 2015, 19:26 IST