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India on target for medals

16 Mar 06 23:51
Manchester 2002 Gold medallist Samaresh Jung of India hopes to repeat his victory in today's 50m Pistol Pairs competition.

Manchester 2002 Gold medallist Samaresh Jung of India hopes to repeat his victory in today's 50m Pistol Pairs competition.

India's shooting team is in good standing for success with the first events in the Men's and Women's Pistol Pairs and Air Rifle Pairs Finals being decided today.

Getting into action is India’s top Pistol shooter Samresh Jung, who won two gold and three silver medals in the Manchester Games. He will team up with Vivek Singh in the 50m Pistol Pairs final at the International Shooting Club in Melbourne.

“I have confidence in myself and my partners, but one just can’t go out there thinking a gold medal is in the bag,” said Jung. “It is going to be a two tough weeks.”

Jung will compete against crowd favourite, Englishman Michael Gault, who hopes to add another medal to his Commonwealth Games tally of 11, after a strong performance in the pre-Games warm-up competition for 50m Pistol.

In the Women's 25m Pistol, which will also be decided today, Sri Lankan Ruwini Abeymanna looks promising to score well, over Australia’s Pamela Anne McKenzie and India’s Sushma Rana.

India and Australia are expected to corner most of the 40 Shooting gold medals on offer.

At the Manchester Games, India won 14 golds, seven silvers and three bronze medals - haul they hope to better in Melbourne.  Australia had 11 golds but took more silvers (13) and bronze (six) than the Indians and the team is confident of increasing that tally on their home ranges.

Other Indian gold contenders in action on Friday are Mansher Singh and Manavjit Sandhu (Men’s Trap Pairs), Abhinav Bindra and Gagan Narang (Men’s 10m Air Rifle Pairs), Tejaswani Sawant and Avneet Sidhu (Women’s 10m Air Rifles Pairs) and Sushma Rana and Saroja Kumari (Women’s 25m Pistol Pairs).

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