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CWG: Jitu Rai wins gold, Gurpal bags silver in 50m Pistol

Last updated on: July 28, 2014 20:31 IST

CWG: Jitu Rai wins gold, Gurpal bags silver in 50 m Pistol

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Indian shooters continued their dominance at the Barry Buddon Shooting Range with Jitu Rai and Gurpal Singh bagging a gold and silver respectively in the men's 50m pistol event in Glasgow on Monday.

The 26-year-old Rai, World No. 4 in the event, shot a total of 194.1 to bag his first Commonwealth Games gold on debut while Gurpal had an aggregate of 187.2 to win the silver, his first international medal. Australia's Daniel Repacholi was third.

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Image: Jitu Rai celebrates after winning the gold medal at Commonwealth Games in Glasgow
Photographs: Manvender Vashist/PTI

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Nepal-born Rai, who won a gold (in 10m air pistol) and a silver (in 50m pistol) in the World Cup last month, was third in the first series but then recovered quickly and led the field throughout after that.

By the seventh round, Rai had taken a huge seven point lead and at that stage it was clear who would win the gold. Gurpal shot up to second spot in the last three rounds but could not catch up his senior colleague who won the gold with a huge 6.9 difference.

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Image: Jitu Rai (right) and Gurpal Singh of India celebrate after winning the gold and silver medal at Commonwealth Games in Glasgow
Photographs: Manvender Vashist/PTI

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Earlier in the day, Rai had put on an incredible display of accuracy and consistency as he topped qualification with a Games record of 562 before setting a new finals record of 194.1. At one point the 26-year-old had stretched his lead to an incredible 7.5 in the final round.

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