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National Shooting Championship: Rathore leads after two rounds in double trap qualifiers
2004 Athens Olympics silver medalist, Rajyavardhan Rathore leads the competition at the end of the second round in double trap men's event in the ongoing National Shooting Championship. The competition on Monday started after a delay of two hours due to early morning fog.

THE COMPETITION started at 11 am on Monday at Karnail Singh Shooting Range, but due to a delayed start, only two of the three qualifying rounds were completed. The third qualifying round and the finals for the title will be played tomorrow (Tuesday).  

At the end of second round, Rajyavardhan Rathore was leading with 96 points, followed by Mohammed Asab with 95 points. Ronjan Sodhi and Shayan Masood were tied at third place with 93 points each.

Rathore, who only missed a single shot in his second round scoring 49 points, told this citizen journalist, “I am very happy. It is very nice to see so many young shooters here. It is nice to know that the interest in the sport is increasing.” He also hoped that the sports body promotes the sport in the right manner.

Talking about youngsters, it is Shayan Masood, 17, who has been doing well in the circuit, as his scores today suggested. He scored 49 and 44 in the first and the second rounds respectively. When asked whether he was satisfied with his performance, he replied, “Not really. Not with my second round. My first round was good, where I shot at 49. In the second round, I missed a lot of silly targets.”

Another shooter, Yoginger Pal Singh, was disappointed with his performance. “It was a pathetic performance. It was way below par.” But he hasn’t lost hope and hopes to fire all guns tomorrow. “It is a new day tomorrow,” he said.

“May be some will perform better, while some may go down. But, I just want to focus on shooting one target at a time,” said Masood. But, Asab, who had a good day finishing second with 95 points, does not seem to be perturbed by the contest stretching over second day, as he said,  “It is not going to affect me too much.”
With all the top shooters putting up a good show in the event, tomorrow is going to an important day for them, as the much-awaited finals are going to take place in the afternoon.

Yoginder and Ashab feel that Rathore is shooting really well. “The finals should be a good one. It should be between Rathore, Sodhi and Masood (for the gold),” said Yoginder. It is only after the third round in the morning tomorrow that the top six finalists for the event would be known. 

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