Punjab’s Rajeshwari Kumari has created a national record in the women’s trap competition during the ongoing 63rd National Shotgun Shooting Championship in New Delhi, confirmed the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) on Tuesday (November 19).
In the qualifications, Rajeshwari shot a score of 118 out of 125 on her way to winning a silver in the event. She shot rounds of 24 23 24 24 and 23 to top the 69-strong field.
The record of shooting 116 which was jointly held by seasoned women trap shooters Seema Tomar, Shreyasi Singh, and Manisha Keer in 2018 is now overtaken by Rajeshwari’s qualifying score by two points.
“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,” Rajeshwari said while expressing her happiness at achieving the historic feat.
Seema and Shreyasi shot them in Indonesia while Manisha shot at the Jaipur nationals.
Seasoned shooter Shagun Chowdhary also broke the 116 barrier, shooting 117 to follow Rajeshwari into the finals. The record though will stand in the name of the Punjab shooter.
(With inputs from agencies)