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Phelps wins tense final

22 Mar 06 02:24

David Phelps wins gold in the Men's 50m Rifle Prone Individual event at MISC.

David Phelps wins gold in the
Men's 50m Rifle Prone Individual

David Phelps of Wales has won the Men's 50m Rifle Prone Individual event at the Melbourne International Shooting Club after a tense final.

Phelps scored 698.3 points to win clearly from England's Mike Babb (696.2) and India's Sanjeev Rajput (695.7).

Then Welshman was overcome after he claimed gold in the event.

"It's phenomenal. I can't express how much hard work has gone into this," said Phelps.

"The tears are welling up again, I think I'm going to have to get those tissues out."

The Melbourne crowd was enthralled as the minor medal positions changed after almost every shot with the concentration of the shooters being extremely tested.

"I've got mixed emotions, I came here for gold. I was realistically thinking I would get gold," said Englishman Mike Babb.

"A lot of people go home without medals who probably deserve them so to go home with a medal is great."

With shot-by-shot scoring and positional updates, all eyes were on the scoreboard in one of the most spectator-friendly shooting events.

While Phelps held his nerve after leading the scoring in the qualification round, Babb leaped from fifth position to claim the silver medal, scoring 103.2 in the final. Phelps' score in the final was 102.3. Rajput shot only 101.7.

Australia's Warren Potent was third after qualification and appeared to have a good chance of a silver medal during the final, but a couple of poor shots saw him finish fifth after losing a shoot-off for fourth with Scotland's Martin Sinclair.

- Games News Service

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