India finish shooting campaign with silver and bronze

first_imgHeena Sidhu and Samresh Jung capped off the Indian shooting team’s awe-inspiring campaign in the 19th Commonwealth Games by winning a silver and a bronze medal, respectively, on a day when Gagan Narang failed to progress beyond the qualifying stage at the Karni Singh Shooting Range here today.Sidhu missed the gold by a whisker as her 481.6 was just 0.3 less then Malaysia’s Pei Chin Bibiana, who shot an impressive 491.9 to clinch the gold medal in women’s singles 10-metre air pistol event. Australia’s Dina Aspandiyarova bagged the bronze medal scoring 478.8 at the final range here.’Goldfinger’ Jung, who had won seven medals including five gold in the last edition in Melbourne four years ago, had to be content with a bronze medal in the standard pistol event after he totalled 559.Hariom Singh, who partnered Narang in the pairs event yesterday, finished seventh in qualifying but failed to impress when it mattered most finishing a notch below, at eighth. Scotland’s Jonathan Hammond clinched the gold medal after aggregating 696.9, while Australia’s Warren Potent (695.4) and England’s Mathhew Hall (695.1) bagged the silver and bronze respectively.Sidhu’s silver, along with Jung’s bronze in men’s singles 25-metre standard pistol, somewhat made up for the disappointment of Narang’s failure in men’s singles 50-metre rifle prone.In the 50-metre rifle prone qualifying, Narang was tied at 590 — a point less than Hariom — with Sri Lanka’s Mangala Samarakoon and Canada’s Wynn Payne. In a high-scoring shoot-off, Sri Lanka’s Mangala Samarakoon prevailed after scoring 53.2 (10.6, 10.5, 10.7, 10.7, 10.7) to Narang’s 51.6 (9.9, 10.8, 10.5, 10.1, 10.3).”The idea was to get maximum number of gold but I was a little bit struggling with prone position,” Narang later said.advertisementFor Sidhu it was a case of so near and yet so far. She was leading till the seventh shot but then faltered to hand over the yellow metal to Bibiana. The Patiala girl, pursuing dentistry, was understandably disappointed at not winning gold.”I was leading till the seventh shot and still I couldn’t win. I am not happy with my performance and should have won the gold medal,” a visibly upset Sidhu said after her event.”I was feeling cold and then the mind went and the focus too. I was actually trying to focus too much before the final and that’s why I got exhausted,” Sidhu added.For Jung his performance in this edition of the Games was a far cry from his exploits in Melbourne. The pistol shooter scored 188 in series 1, 187 in 2 and followed that up with 184 in the final series. But Jung’s efforts were not good enough to give competition to Trinidad and Tobago’s Peter Roger Daniel, who aggregated 563 after scoring 189, 191 and 183 in the three series. Singapore’s Bin Gai won the gold medal after aggregating a fine 570.The Singaporean shooter – who had finished in the top three in every event — now has seven medals including three golds in this edition of the Games.Thanks to their five medals in the last two days, Indian shooters finished with 30 medals – 14 gold, 11 silver and five bronze – three more than the last edition.last_img

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