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Indian shooters continue to excel

Last updated on: October 15, 2008 19:36 IST

India's shooters continued to excel on Day 4 of the Commonwealth Youth Games in Pune on Wednesday, bagging three gold and one bronze medal.

After Deepika Patel, in the 10m Air Pistol (women), and Lakshya Bansal, in the 25m Pistol (men), bagged gold medals, Asher Noria added the third gold from the men's double trap event, with Rushad Damania having to be satisfied with a bronze in the men's 50m Rifle 3-Position.

England's James Huckle was in prime form and win the gold in the men's 50m Rifle 3-Position. He shot a 100, 98, 99, 99 in the Prone position, while Rushad got 99, 97, 99, 95 to be placed second, ahead of the silver medalist Bin Muhammad Muhamad Zubair of Malaysia, who shot 96, 95, 95, 96.

But Zubair moved to second place in the standing round, shooting a total of 362, while the Indian could only score a total of 352. The leader, Huckle, with a total of 370, consolidated his lead.

Rushad fell back with a poor kneeling round of 364, while the Malaysian shot 372 to increase his lead for the silver medal. Huckle, with another a steady round of 383, increased his lead.

In the final round, Rushad again faltered, scoring only 83.1, while the Malaysian, with a 90.2, made sure of the silver medal even as the gold went to Huckle, who again shone with a score of 94.8.

In the men's double trap, Asher Noria was in prime form and led from the start to emerge winner. He left behind South Africa's Ziegler Smith and England's Chester Cobb, who settled for silver and bronze medals respectively.

Lakshya Bansal was bang on target in his first precision shot, which fetched him 98 and though his next two shots in the precision section saw him falter a bit with a 94 and 89, it was enough to lead the field with 281 after the precision round.

Silver medalist James Hendry of Canada started of badly with a 90 and followed it up also with a 90. His third and final shot was slightly better, a 94, as he ended up with 274, while bronze medalist Aaron Wilson of Australia has shots of 92, 87 and 96 to finish a point ahead at 275.

In the Rapid round, the Indian was again pretty good, with scores of 97, 93 and 98 for a total of 286 and a grand total of 567, which gave him the gold comfortably.

Hendry had a better rapid round than Wilson, and though both were tied with a grand total of 547, the former was awarded the silver for his better rapid round and Aaron had to be content with the bronze.

In the women's 10m Air Pistol, Deepika Patel came back strongly after a poor preliminary round, where she trailed Malaysian Binti Ismail Wahidah by one point shooting 374 to the Malaysian's 375.

In the final, Deepika shot 10.1, 10.1, 10.1, 8.4, 10.3, 9.7, 8.4, 10.4 10.2 and 8.5 to total 96.2 for an overall total of 470.2 Binti Ismail Wahidah had a poor final round, totaling just 89.2 for a grand total of 464.2.

In fact, her final round was so poor that the third placed Chong Eunice Mei Kay of Singapore, who had just a score of 369, shot 95.3 in the final round to go ahead of the Malaysian by just a 0.1 score for a grand total of 464.3 to bag the silver. The Malaysian had to settle for the bronze medal.

Results:

10m Air Pistol (Momen): Deepika Patel (India), Chong Eunice Mei Kay (Singapore) Binti Ismail Wahidah (Malaysia).

25m Pistol (Wen): Lakshya Bansal (India), James Hendry (Canada), Arron Wilson (Australia).

50m Rifle 3 Position (Men): James Huckle (England), Bin Muhammad Muhamad Zubair (Malaysia), Rushad Damania (India).

Double Trap (Men): Asher Noria (India) Ziegler Smith (South Africa) Chester Cobb (England).

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