The NRAI Selection Trials 1 and 2 were held in Bhopal from 8th March to 30th March. These were the first NRAI trials of 2022 and the first to be held under the new finals format introduced by the ISSF.
Unlike rifle, pistol has produced good results after the disappointment of the Tokyo Olympics. The recent Cairo World Cup performance is a case in point.
Check out all pistol results below. Rifle results are posted here.
Men’s 10m Air Pistol
While Saurabh Chaudhary’s achievements speak for themselves, the Trials were an opportunity to identify the next batch of shooters who can come closest to his results. Saurabh incidentally had a rare off-day by his standards, scoring 575-21x in qualifications.
T1 was won by Army’s Gaurav Tomar (579-19x) who beat Rajasthan’s Amit Sharma (579-22x) by a score of 16-14. Sagar Dangi (580-23x) of UP finished third ahead of Haryana’s Anmol Jain (581-20x).
Arjun Singh Cheema (579-18x) of Punjab won the junior trial by beating Sagar Dangi while the youth trial was won by UP’s Tushar Garg (579-22x).
The qualifications saw numerous 579s but only three 580+ scores. Omprakash Mitharval topped with 584-15x. The cut-off was 579-19x.
Haryana’s Naveen (581-19x) won T2 by beating Arjun Singh Cheema (581-22x) 16-12 in the gold medal match. Gaurav Rana (583-26x) of Air Force was third ahead of Army’s Dharmendra Singh Gaharwar (581-22x).
Shiva Narwal (580-23x) of Haryana beat Naveen in the junior trials. Shiva also won the youth trials by beating Tushar Garg (579-19x).
Unlike T1 the qualifications in T2 saw as many as fifteen 580+ scores. Mukesh Nelavalli of AP topped with 585-20x while the cut-off was 581-18x. Saurabh was back into form with 581-15x but just missed out on a finals spot.
Women’s 10m Air Pistol
Haryana’s Suruchi won 16-4 over MP’s Mahima Turhi Agrawal (574-23x). Rhythm Sangwan (576-17x) finished third ahead of veteran Heena Sidhu (574-23x).
In the junior trials, Haryana’s Palak (577-18x) upset Olympian Manu Bhaker (572-14x) by a scoreline of 16-4. Rhythm Sangwan won the youth trials.
Suruchi also topped qualifications with 578-17x. The cut-off was 573-18x.
Rhythm Sangwan (577-20x) defeated Karnataka’s Divya T.S. (574-19x) by a score of 17-15 in the T2 gold medal match. Palak (574-20x) was third ahead of Haryana’s Varsha Singh (576-17x).
Both Rhythm and Palak reached the gold medal match in the junior and youth events. Rhythm beat Palak in the former while Palak won the latter.
Ruchita Vinerkar of Railways topped qualifications with 580-23x. Esha Singh, who did not participate in T1, was eighth in T2 qualifications with 573-9x. Manu Bhaker showed an improvement in T2 with 575-16x while Heena Sidhu shot 574-17x.
Women’s 25m Pistol
The experienced Rahi Sarnobat (576-19x) beat fellow Maharashtra shooter Abhidnya Ashok Patil (584-15x) 19-16 in the T1 gold medal match. Rhythm Sangwan (573-12x) finished third ahead of MP’s Chinki Yadav (574-12x).
Manu Bhaker beat Rhythm in the junior trials. Manu topped qualifications with an excellent 589-20x. The veteran Heena Sidhu was eighth with 571-14x.
Punjab’s Simranpreet Kaur Brar (579-14x) scored an upset 18-14 win over Rahi Sarnobat (584-16x) to win the gold in T2. Rhythm Sangwan (583-15x) was third again ahead of Manu Bhaker (579-9x).
Rhythm also defeated Manu in the junior trials. Rahi topped qualifications while the cut-off was 574-10x.
Men’s 25m Rapid Fire Pistol
Vijayveer Sidhu (578-17x) of Punjab prevailed 18-17 over 2012 Olympic silver medalist Vijay Kumar (574-15x). Bhavesh Shekhawat (574-20x) of Rajasthan was third ahead of Army’s Amrinder Singh (570-13x).
Vijayveer also won the junior trials. The low-scoring qualification round was topped by 2016 Olympian Gurpreet Singh (579-14x). The eighth-place cut-off was 569-14x.
Haryana’s Sameer (575-22x) beat 2018 Commonwealth Games gold medalist Anish (570-16x) by a score of 18-16 in the T2 gold medal match. Anirudh Singh Rana (571-15x) of CISF was third ahead of Army’s Gurmeet (571-15x).
Anish defeated Vijayveer Sidhu in the junior trials. Vijayveer had topped qualifications with 581-20x while the cut-off was 570-13x.
The top three in T1 of this non-Olympic men’s competition were Gaurav Rana (565-8x), Ravinder Singh (558-13x) and Jitu Rai (555-7x). Saurabh Chaudhary (554-5x) won the men’s junior competition while Tiyana Phogat (542-5x) won the women’s junior competition.
The top three in T2 were Jitu Rai (562-12x), Saurabh Chaudhary (561-14x) and Amanpreet Singh (561-12x). Saurabh won the won the men’s junior competition while Tiyana Phogat (542-11x) again won the women’s junior competition.
25m Standard Pistol
The top three in T1 were Vijayveer Sidhu (581-22x), Udhayveer Sidhu (574-12x) and Amanpreet Singh (573-19x). Vijayveer also won the men’s junior event. Rhythm Sangwan (574-13x) won the women’s junior event.
The top three in T2 were Vijayveer (575-15x), Mandeep Singh (575-9x) and Rajkanwar Singh Sandhu (570-10x). Vijayveer also won the junior event. Niveditha V. Nair (556-12x) won the women’s junior event.
25m Centre Fire Pistol
The top three in T1 were Vijay Kumar (585-20x), Omkar Singh (584-22x) and Vijayveer Sidhu (582-21x).
The top three in T2 were Vijayveer (581-24x), Sib Kumar Ghosh (581-11x) and Gurpreet Singh (576-20x).
25m Rapid Fire Pistol Women
The top three in T1 were Simranpreet Kaur Brar (554-18x), Tejaswani (544-13x) and Abhidnya Ashok Patil (542-12x).
The top three in T2 were Simranpreet Kaur Brar (569-12x), Rhythm Sangwan (554-13x) and Tejaswani (553-15x). Simranpreet won both the junior events.
25m Sports Pistol Junior Men
The top three in T1 were Shiva Narwal (581-24x), Rajkanwar Singh Sandhu (580-18x) and Udit Joshi (580-14x).
The top three in T2 were Rajkanwar Singh Sandhu (586-20x), Amanpreet Singh (582-18x) and Sameer (580-21x).