Lakshay Sheoran continues to dominate men’s trap event in national trials

Sheoran, the 2018 Asian Games silver medallist, impressed in the qualifying event as he shot 122 to top the stage

By Samrat Chakraborty ·

Lakshay Sheoran stole the show in men's trap event, winning the T2 competition a few days after acing the T1 trial in the ongoing national shooting trials at the Dr. Karni Singh Shooting range in New Delhi.

Sheoran, the 2018 Asian Games silver medallist, impressed in the qualifying event as he shot 122 to top the stage. He later produced a 43 in the final to outclass his Tamil Nadu’s Prithviraj Tondaiman.

The Haryana shooter continued his fine run from the T1 trials where he bagged the top spot over Rajasthan’s Adhiraj Rathore 46-42 on Wednesday.

The 22-year-old Sheoran hails from an athletic family - father Somveer Pehalwan was a former national wrestling champion - and took his first lessons in shooting in 2014.

Although he started as a pistol shooter, he was introduced to shotgun at the Dr. Karni Singh range – the venue of his latest triumph. Two years after starting out in the sport, he won the national junior championships. He had outclassed Rajasthan-based Manavaditya Singh Rathore in the men's trap event.

He put on a similarly impressive show in 2017, clinching his second junior national title after defeating Rajasthan's Vivaan Kapoor by 41-39.

Sheoran paired with Manisha Keer at the 2017 ISSF Junior World Cup in Italy in the mixed team event. The duo shot 84 out of 100 to qualify for the final round and then went on to bag the bronze medal at the test event after defeating Sevin Edward Layer and Emma Lee Williams of United States 34–33.

Later in 2018, he joined compatriots Vivaan Kapoor and Ali Aman Elahi for the men's trap team event at the 2018 ISSF Junior World Cup. The trio impressed at the event as they scored 328 to bag the bronze medal.

At the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, Sheoran won the silver medal with a score of 43 in the final round. He was pipped to the post by Chinese Taipei’s Kun-Pi Yang, who shot a score of 48.