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21 Mar 06 22:16

Day 7 of competition will see the Men's Trap Final take centre stage on the shooting ranges of the Melbourne Gun Club in Lilydale.

Australia's Michael Diamond and India's Manavjit Sandhu finished tied in first position after the first two qualification rounds in the Men's Trap event on Day 6, and both will be looking to carry that good form into Day 7.

There are three more qualification rounds to be completed before the Final takes place later on Day 7 and the field is wide open.

Diamond and Sandhu both finished shooting 49 targets from a possible 50 after their two rounds. They are only one target ahead of South Africa's Etienne Cilliers, New Zealand's Graeme Ede and England's Edward Ling going into the second day.

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

A further seven competitors will go into the second day three targets behind the leading pair, all with scores of 46 targets from 50. Among them will be Australian shooter Adam Vella and South Africa's Georgios Eleftheriou.

In the Final, competitors will be allowed only one shot at each target compared with the two shots they are allowed in the Qualification Rounds, therefore the pressure is on all competitors to qualify with the highest score possible. Diamond will be shooting for his third consecutive Commonwealth Games gold medal in this event.

Meanwhile, in the Pistol and Small Bore competitions at the Melbourne International Shooting Club, India is likely to add to their impressive Shooting medal tally as more individual events get under way.

All 36 competitors will have their work cut out as Indian sharpshooters Samaresh Jung and Vivek Singh are pegged to take both the gold and silver when the Men's 10m Air Pistol Individual kicks off.
Both the Indians are in top form after teaming up to win the paired event on Saturday.

Daniel Repacholi of Australia will serve up some stiff competition to the Indians while Englishman Mick Gault will also be hungry for the gold which has eluded him so far this tournament.

The Women's 50m Rifle Prone Individual event should produce some fierce competition, with any number of competitors capable of taking gold.

The paired event last Saturday went down to wire with the women from Scotland, England, New Zealand and Australia all shooting exceptionally well with only the slimmest of margins separating the winners.

The Men's 50m Prone Rifle Individual event will be decided after the last elimination relay is played out this morning.

For results, visit the Shooting Schedule and Results section of this Website.

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