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Pairing up for gold

17 Mar 06 07:06

It was a day of great celebration for Indian shooter, Abhinav Bindra

It was a day of great celebration
for Indian shooter, Abhinav Bindra

India and Australia have dominated the shooting with both teams winning three gold on the second day of the Games. 

India took gold in the Men's 10m Air Rifle Pairs earlier today, with shooting pair Gagan Narang and Abhinav Bindra winning the competition ahead of teams from Bangladesh and Singapore.

When asked about his reaction to the win, Gagan Narang said “Very good. We’ve been practicing quite hard.”

Fellow Indians Aveneet Kaur Sidhu and Tejaswini Sawant also won gold in the Women's 10m Air Rifle Pairs.

"The pressure was there to perform and I thought we handled it well," said Sidhu.

Indian women's pair Saroja Kumari Jhuthu and Sushma Rana won the Women's 25m Pistol Pairs with a score of 1140 points. Australia's Pamela McKenzie and Lalita claimed silver and Canada placed third.

Australian shooters Michael Diamond and Adam Vella won the gold medal in the Men's Trap Pairs.

Suzanne Balogh and Deserie Baynes added to the Australian medal haul with gold in the Women's Trap Pairs event.

Australians Daniel Repacholi and David Moore aimed high and secured the gold medal in the Men's 50m Pistol Pairs.

Repacholi and Moore edged out India by four shots in their gold medal performance, with the highly fancied England, represented by Nick Baxter and Mick Gault, taking the bronze medal a further four shots back.

Games debutante and local Shooter Repacholi, 23, scored an individual total of 549 points while Moore compiled 537 for Australia's total of 1,086. The pair trailed midway through the best of six round series, but fired up in the closing rounds to edge out Samaresh Jung and Vivek Singh from India.

Repacholi described the win as, "Fantastic. Really good!"

It's Moore's fourth Commonwealth Games medal following three silvers at Manchester in 2002 and Kuala Lumpur in 1998.

"It's nice to convert previous Commonwealth silvers into golds," said Moore.

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