The reigning World junior champion Hriday Hazarika shot 253.2, a total better than the world record, to clinch the top spot in the 10m men’s air rifle event of the National shooting selection trials at the Dr Karni Singh Range in Tughlakabad on Saturday.
After qualifying in seventh place with 628.4, the 19-year-old Hriday outclassed the field as he beat the 3-position quota winner Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar by 1.7 points. Incidentally, the world record is with Yu Haonan of China at 252.8. Qualification topper Arjun Babuta finished third, ahead of Olympian Sanjeev Rajput.
Olympic quota winners in air rifle, Deepak Kumar (625.6) and world No.1 Divyansh Singh Panwar (625.3), were not at their best and placed 13th and 17th, respectively.
It was a similar story in women’s air rifle as reigning world No.1…