Punjab-based Rajeshwari Kumari has created a national record in the women’s trap competition during the on-going 63rd National Shotgun Shooting Championship, National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) confirmed. Rajeshwari shot an incredible score of 118 out of 125 in qualifications and clinched silver in the event. She shot rounds of 24 23 24 24 and 23 to top the field in the women’s trap qualification.

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She outclassed the previous record of 116 jointly held by Seema Tomar, Shreyasi Singh and Manisha Keer. “Although I missed out on the gold, I am still very proud to hold the national record. Some really classy names I climbed up over. This is something my father also held at a point and I am elated at being able to emulate the person I so look up to,” an elated Rajeshwari said on achieving the feat.

This is something my father also held at a point and I am elated at being able to emulate the person I so look up to: Rajeshwari

Key Takeaways:

  • Seasoned shooter Rajeshwari Kumari shot an incredible score of 118 out of 125 in qualifications and won silver in the event
  • In the process, Rajeshwari has created a national record in the women’s trap competition. “Although I missed out on the gold, I am still very proud to hold the national record. Some really classy names I climbed up over,” she claimed
  • The previous record jointly held by Seema Tomar, Shreyasi Singh and Manisha Keer

India got a massive jolt when Shreyasi Singh clinched the women’s trap gold with a four-point margin over qualification topper 27-year-old Rajeshwari at the same event on Monday. “Whether it is single or double barrel, I felt strong in this championship. All credit to the coach,” said Shreyasi, who had qualified with a fair score of 112, as compared to the National record 118 by Rajeshwari. She is the daughter of six-time Olympian Randhir Singh.

Rajeshwari Kumari with father Randhir Singh
Rajeshwari Kumari with father Randhir Singh. PC: dailymail.co.uk

NRAI has confirmed that Punjab’s Rajeshwari Kumari has created a national record in the women’s trap competition during the on-going National Shotgun Shooting Championship

Earlier this year, during International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Shotgun World Cup in Changwon, Korea, another seasoned shooter Shagun Chowdhary shot a total of 115 to end in 35th spot while Rajeshwari only managed 99. Coming from a family of sportspersons, Rajeshwari’s performance turned out to be microcode as she could accumulate in 56th position. Again, at the ISSF Shotgun World Cup at Acapulco, Mexico same year, Rajeshwari disappointed and came in 36th with 112 score while missing out on securing quota place for the 2020 Olympics.

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Last year, a pair of former trap world champion Manavjit Sngh Sandhu and Rajeshwari, representing Punjab, won the Mixed Team Trap competition at the 62nd National Shooting Championship. The duo shot a score of 44 in the finals to win the top spot.

Congratulations Rajeshwari!

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