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Indian shooters shine in first ever international online shooting competition

(PTI) The experienced Amanpreet Singh, Manu Bhaker and Meghana Sajjanar were among the Indian shooters who shone in the first-of-its-kind International Online Shooting Championship held on Wednesday.

In the 10m air rifle event, Austria’s Martin Strempfl finished at the top with 632.5, Sajjanar was second with 630.5 while Etienne Germond of France was placed third with 629.4. World number one Indian Divyansh Singh Panwar had to contend with a fourth-place finish with 627.8.

In the 10m air pistol competition, Amanpreet shot 576 to finish at the top with Ashish Dabbas at second place with 575. Teen sensation Manu Bhaker, who has already secured a quota place for the Tokyo Olympics alongside Divyansh, was third with a score of 572. Hungary’s Veronika Major finished fourth with 569.

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Divyansh Singh Panwar

A total of 50 shooters from seven countries took part in the innovative event, an initiative of former Indian shooter Shimon Sharif to help the athletes “get a feel of competition” during the coronavirus-forced lockdown in many countries.

Doing commentary was renowned Hungarian shooter Peter Sidi as marksmen and markswomen turned their homes into shooting ranges. The competitors logged in through Zoom app from their respective locations and shot using their Electronic Shooting Targets (EST).

The competition was live streamed on the internet.

CourtesyPress Trust of India

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