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Samaresh gets 2 more gold at C'Wealth shooting

February 26, 2010 18:21 IST

Samaresh Jung shot down two more gold medals while Gagan Narang and Joydeep Karmakar combined to shatter a meet record as the Indians continued to rule the roost in the Commonwealth Championships in New Delhi on Friday.

Samaresh, who has already picked up two gold medals, won the top honours in both the 25m air pistol team and individual events while Gagan and Joydeep won the 50m rifle prone pair event as India's medal tally swelled to 42 - including 22 gold -- on the event's penultimate day.

In the individual competition of 25m air pistol event, Samaresh shot 575, 10 points clear of compatriot Vijay Kumar, who settled for the silver.

The bronze went to England's Michael Gault, who scored 556.

Samaresh then combined with Gurpreet Singh to top the team event. The Indian duo shot a score of 1121, way ahead of second-placed Gault and Iqbal Ubhi, who finished with a score of 1097.

Welshmen Steve Pengelly and Alan Green took home the bronze after ending up just a point adrift of English team.

Gagan, who already has three gold medals in his kitty at the event, bagged another when he and Joydeep broke the meet record in the 50m Rifle Prone competition. Gagan and Joydeep combined for a score of 1186, a massive improvement on the 1178 mark set by Australians Ryan and Dennis Taylor in 2005.

The silver in this event went to Robert Howell and Warren Potent, who shot 1182, while England's James Huckle and Richard Wilson clinched the bronze with a score of 1179.

The women too struck gold when Shweta Chaudhary and Pushpanjali Rana took the top honours in the 10m Air Pistol Team event.

Shweta and Pushpanjali shot a score of 755 to finish ahead of England's Georgina Geikie and Julia Lydall (743).

The bronze in this event went to Danielle Jones and Nicola Wilson of Wales who scored 727.

After adding the consolation badges given to the third shooter in a team event, India's tally swells to 65. England is a distant second with 31 medals and badges followed by Wales (12).

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