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India hits the bullseye

20 Mar 06 05:00


Gagan Narang kept his eye on the golden target to add to India's medal tally in Shooting. 

Gagan Narang kept his eye on the
golden target to add to India's 
medal tally in shooting.

The sharpshooting of Tejaswini Sawant in the Women's Individual 10m Rifle Final, was witnessed by a mass of spectator. With a total score of 500.6, including three perfect scores of 100 in the Preliminary Rounds, Sawant improved in the Final, firing a round of 102.6.

Her teammate, Avneet Kaur Sidhu,  finished just 0.4 points behind Sawant, giving India the gold-silver double.

Singapore's Vanessa Zhen Yu Yong fought valiantly to take the bronze.

On winning gold, Sawant said "I'm very happy that my coach expected me to win and that is the most pleasurable thing."

It was the second gold medal Sawant has won in Melbourne. She and partner Sidhu won this event in the Pairs.

Commonwealth Women's Skeet Pairs Record holders Lauryn Mark and Natalia Rahman of Australia, have won the gold medal, shooting a total of 90 targets out of a possible 100.

Rahman shot a perfect score of 25 targets in the first round for a total of 45 targets out of 50. Mark also shot a total of 45 targets out of 50, producing a combined score of 90.

"I was able to come back strong after missing all three targets on station three, I had become a bit complacent," said Mark after her gold medal performance.

"I feel very, very fortunate to participate in a Games close to my home… I've never had a grandstand of people screaming for me."

Cyprus pair Andri Eleftherious and Louiza Theophanous claimed the silver medal with a total score of 88 targets. Theophanous, who has competed at the European Championships and the World Cup in 2005, was shooting in her first Commonwealth Games. And at just 21, Eleftherious is a newcomer to the shooting circuit and one of the youngest competitors to qualify for the Finals.

England finished in third position with a total of 86 targets.

India's dominance in the Small-bore and Pistol events was relentless. The partnership of Gagan Narang and Abhinav Bindra secured yet another gold - this time in the Men's 50m Rifle Three Position Pairs.

India shot consistently throughout the four-hour event, amassing 2287 pts. The competition for second place was a tighter contest between Australia and England. Australia's Michael Brown prevailed, with a perfect 100 score from the kneeling position in his final round, allowing the Australians to snag the silver. Brown, a 25-year-old student from Inverell in New South Wales, said afterwards: "I had no idea we were even that close."

Englishmen Chris Hector and Jason Burrage held their nerve against some tough competition from Scotland to take the bronze. They finished just one point ahead of their northern neighbours on 2265.

Games record-holder Jaspal Rana and gold medallist Samaresh Jung teamed up and put India in a winning position in the Men’s 25m Centre Fire Pistol Pairs.

Silver was taken by England’s Peter Flippant and Simon Lucas, who were delighted with the result. "It is the best feeling in the world," stated Flippant. "I wasn't expecting to get a gold, silver is beyond my wildest dreams."

South Africa’s Allan Stuart McDonald and Daniel Francois Van Tonder finished with bronze.

Topping the Women’s silver medal in the Skeet Pairs, Cypriates Antonis Nikolaides and George Achilleos won gold in the Men’s Skeet Pairs with a score of 190.

Silver went to England’s Richard Brickell and Clive Bramley, with Australia’s shooting brother’s Clive and George Barton taking bronze.

- Games News Service

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