Narang bounces back to win 3-Position gold

Pune: After being beaten to the second position in his least favoured prone event, Commonwealth Games champion Gagan Narang bounced back to his top form to fire his way to the men`s 50m 3-Position gold on the concluding day of the 55th National Shooting Championships on Tuesday.

Air India`s Narang, who finished second behind gold medal winner Sushil Ghaley of Army, shot his way to the three- position (prone, standing and kneeling) at the Balewadi ranges with a combined total of 1272.0 points, nearly 15 better than Sanjeev Rajput of Navy who edged out army rival Imran Khan to the silver spot by six points. Khan secured the bronze.

Onkar Singh of Navy fought a pitched battle with Vivek Singh of Air India before securing the gold in the men`s 10m air pistol.

The winner shot 676.6 as compared to the latter`s 676.5, the four-point cushion that Onkar carried from the preliminary round to the finals making the difference to the final outcome.

The bronze went to Om Prakash of Army who pushed his way past Yogesh Singh of Navy by performing slightly better in the finals after the two marksmen shot an identical 577 in the qualifying round.

The results:

Men`s 10m air pistol: Omkar Singh (Navy) 676.6 (578+98.6), 2. Vivek Singh (AI) 676.5 (574+102.5), 3. Om Prakash (Army) 676.4 (577+99.4).

Men`s 50m Rifle 3-Position: 1. Gagan Narang (AI) 1272.0 (1174+98), 2. Sanjeev Rajput (Navy) 1257.1 (1156+101.1), 3. Imran Khan (Army) 1251.1 (1154+97.1).


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