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Indian dominance continues, meet record for Jung

Gagan Narang added a third gold to his tally, while Samaresh Jung clinched his second.

New Delhi: Gagan Narang added a third gold
to his tally, while Samaresh Jung clinched his second as
Indian shooters continued to reign supreme shattering three
meet records at the Karni Singh range on the fifth day of the
Commonwealth Championships here on Monday.

India`s overall medal tally stood at 26 (13 gold, eight
silver and five bronze), way ahead of second-placed England,
which has won 15 medals so far -- three gold, seven silver and
five bronze. Australia occupied the third spot with 10 medals.

Jung, who clinched 10m Air Pistol team gold yesterday,
was bang on in the individual event as well and after
equalling the meet record for the qualifying score, he went on
to beat the championship record for the final score.

Jung shot an overall 685.3 (583+102.3) to shatter the
meet record of 681.5 held by England`s Michael Gault since
1999. The silver medal in this event went to another Indian
Zakir Khan who shot 676.6 (576+100.6).

Gault settled for bronze after shooting a score of 675.1

In the rather farcical finals of the 25m Rapid Fire
Pistol, Indians swept the medals on offer as the lone
foreigner in fray, Gibraltar`s Jonathon Patron, pulled out.

Vijay Kumar bettered the five year old meet record of
760.6 to notch up the gold with a score of 775 (581+194).

Previous record holder Pemba Tamang settled for bronze this
time with 756.5 (574+182.5). The silver in this event went to
Gurpreet Singh who shot a score of 774.1 (581+193.1).

Gagan, who fetched gold in the 10m air rifle individual
and team competition, had a mixed day as he clinched the gold
in the 50m rifle 3 position pairs event but missed out on a
medal in the individual category.

Narang and Sanjeev Rajput shot a score of (1175+1153)
2323, bettering the meet record set by Rajput and Sushil
Ghalay (2279) in 2005, to claim the top honours in the team
competition. England`s James Huckle and Ken Parr (Jr) settled
for silver with a score of 2295 (1158+1137), while Scotland`s
Graham Rudd and Neil Stirton bagged the bronze after scoring
2266 (1135+1131) in the same event.

Gagan finished a disappointing fourth in the individual
competition, in which Rajput shot a gold with 1170 points.
England`s James Huckle (1158) managed a silver, while another
Indian Hasan Imran Khan took home a bronze (1155). Gagan shot
a score of 1153 in this event.

In the trap events, Manavjit Singh Sandhu and Birandeep
Sodhi (96+95) fetched a silver in the men`s team competition
with a total of 191. The gold medal was clinched by
Australians Adam Vella and Michael Mcnabb (194), while the
bronze went to England`s Aaron Heading and James Sole (182).


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