Abhinav Bindra pips Narang to clinch air rifle gold

Pune: In a rousing battle for top honours, Beijing Olympic Games gold medallist Abhinav Bindra pipped Commonwealth Games champion Gagan Narang for the 10-metre air rifle gold at the 55th National Shooting Championships on Friday.

Bindra fired a total of 700.2 points, including 104.2 in the eight-man final, to bag the gold medal, while the Hyderabad-based Narang (696.6), representing Air India, secured the silver ahead of bronze winner Chain Singh of the Army who shot 695.7.

Sanjeev Rajput of Navy, who has already qualified for next year`s London Olympics in the 50m rifle 3-position, finished fifth with 694.3 to his credit behind the top three and P T Raghunath of Navy (694.4).

There was a big surprise in the 50m rifle 3-position event when MP`s Rajkumari upstaged world prone champion Tejaswini Sawant of Maharashtra and Lajja Gauswami of Gujarat for the gold.

Rajkumari totalled 676.0 to clinch the title ahead of Tejaswini (673.9) and Lajja (673.2).

The results:

Men`s 10m air rifle: 1. Abhinav Bindra (Pun) 700.2 (596+104.2); 2. Gagan Narang (AI) 696.6 (595+101.6); 3. Chain Singh (Army) 695.7 (594+101.7).

Women`s 50m Rifle 3-Position: Rajkumar (MP) 676.0 (578+98); 2. Tejeaswini Sawant (Mah) 673.9 (571+102.9); 3. Lajja Gauswami (Guj) 673.2 (576+97.2).


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