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India out guns competition

21 Mar 06 04:35
Singapore's Jin Zhang kept the level of competition high in the Men's 10m Air Rifle. 

Singapore's Jin Zhang kept the level of competition high in Men's 10m Air Rifle.

India and Australia are proving to be the countries to beat in the Shooting after taking the three gold medals on offer at the Melbourne International Shooting Club.

India’s Samaresh Jung took his individual gold medal tally for the Games to four by narrowly beating Mick Gault of England in the Men's 50m Pistol Individual.

Jung is still to compete in three more events and could end up with a total of seven gold medals.

In the Women's 25m Pistol Individual Australia's Lalita Yauhleuskaya has recorded a solid victory to take out her second gold for the Games.

Team-mate Pamela McKenzie had a chance to grab the silver, but a disappointing final shot allowed Canadian Kim Eagles into second place, leaving her with the bronze. 

Gagan Narang of India produced a remarkable display of accuracy in the Men's 10m Air Rifle Individual event, taking home the gold in style.

He shot magnificently in the six preliminary rounds, posting four perfect scores of 100 and rounds of 98 and 99. However, 18-year-old Jin Zhang of Singapore proved he has a bright future in the sport by not allowing Narang an easy path to the gold.

Zhang equalled Narang’s score of 101.9 in the final round but the Indian's accuracy earlier in the event gave him the edge.

Zhang finished just 1.4 points ahead of Abhinav Bindra of India, who took the bronze.

South Africa’s Diane Swanton won gold in the Women’s Trap Final.
 
"I am overwhelmed. This is a first for me, so I am very happy," she said.

When asked about the new rule that only one shot can be taken at the target in the Final, Swanton commented: "Single barrels in the Final is a great way to decide who is champion."

Rebecca Madyson boosted Malta's medal tally, finishing second after a shoot-off with Canadian Susan Nattrass.

In the Men’s Pistol Trap qualification round, Australia's Michael Diamond and India's Manavjit Sandhu tied for the lead. But with three more qualification rounds to be completed before the Final on day seven, the field for medals remains wide open.

Both shot 49 targets from a possible 50 in their two rounds. The Australian and the Indian are just one target ahead of South Africa's Etienne Cilliers, New Zealand's Graeme Ede and England's Edward Ling going into the second day of the Men's Trap event.

Canada's Tye Bietz finished just two targets behind the leaders on 47.

Diamond will be shooting for his third consecutive Commonwealth gold in this event.

The Shooting competition runs until 25 March.

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