Shagun Chowdhary on 16 November 2017 bagged a national champion crown when she won the women’s trap event at the 61st National Shooting Championship. Representing ONGC, Chowdhary, the first Indian woman trap shooter to win an Olympic berth, overcame the challenge from Punjab’s Rajeshwari Kumari to prevail 41-38 in the final.
Defending champion Shreyasi Singh, representing Bihar, finished third with a final round score of 29 on day two of the competitions. The day began with Shreyasi leading the qualification round. She went on to top the list of qualifiers with a score of 72, while Chowdhary, with 67, qualified third and Rakeshwari shot 62 to qualify in fourth place for the six- woman final.
N Nivetha of Tamil Nadu, who was also one of the finalists in the senior women’s trap, won the Junior Women’s title in the same event shooting 37. She got the better of Shefali Rajak of Madhya Pradesh in a shoot-off after both had ended the final on the same score. Overall, it was a good day for the states of Punjab and Madhya Pradesh as Rajeshwari led a team comprising Sukhreet Kaur and Inaya Vijaya Singh to claim the women’s team trap gold, while Madhya Pradesh won medals both in the senior and junior women’s team events besides Shefali’s individual silver.