Indian shooters sweep gold medals at stake on Day 8
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Last Updated: Friday, February 05, 2010, 20:43
Dhaka: Indian shooters bagged all the four gold medals at stake on Friday to assert their supremacy in the event in the 11th South Asian Games here.

Army shooter Om Prakash was the star Indian performer at the National Shooting Complex range at Gulshan, bagging four gold medals in 10m air pistol today. Yesterday, he won a gold in 50m air pistol.

Indian 50m rifle prone shooter Surinder Singh Rathod also equalled the previous South Asian Games record score when he shot 593 for the gold medal.

On the fourth day of the shooting competition today, Indians bagged four gold and two silver to swell the total haul of medals in shooting to 15 gold, eight silver and four bronze.

Having bagged the top honours in individual and team 50m pistol yesterday, Om Prakash shot 679.2 in the 10m air pistol team en route to his third gold.

Another Indian Amit Kumar (673.7) bagged silver, while T D S Fernando of Sri Lanka (662.2) settled for bronze.

Om Prakash then struck his fourth gold when he, along with Amit and Sikandar Mann, shot a total of 1716 for the 10m air pistol team gold.

Pakistan (1184) settled for silver while Sri Lanka (1678) won bronze.

Praising Om Prakash for his superb performance, Indian coach A S Dhillon told reporters, "He has bright future. He is very cool headed, systematic and with some more fine tuning, he can be a real star of Indian shooting."

In the 50m rifle prone, Surinder Singh Rathod took the gold while Hariom Singh (591) earned India the second silver. Local lad Ramzan Ali (589) settled for bronze.

The trio of Rathod, Singh and Devesh Panwar (1766) had a top finish for the team gold, while Bangladesh (1746) and Sri Lanka (1745) had a close silver-bronze finish.


First Published: Friday, February 05, 2010, 20:43

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