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Shooting down the old record

27 July 2002

Indian shooters Abhinav Bindra and Sameer Ambekar have broken the Commonwealth Games record and won the gold in the men’s pairs 10m air rifle.


Team India broke the old Commonwealth Games record

Gold medal winner Bindra said: “I am very pleased that team India won the gold. That was the most important thing. We did very well.”

“We broke the Commonwealth Games record because both of us are good shooters, our averages are very high and I knew if we shot well we would break the Commonwealth record,” he added.

Hameleay Mutalib and Erman Zakaria, Malaysia shot their way into the second place, making Mutalib’s dad very proud.

Silver medallist Mutalib said: “My dad won the silver medal in Kuala Lumpur. He told me I had to do as least as well as him. I’m so happy I’ve also got silver.”

The British shooting pairs Chris Hector and Nigel Wallace won the bronze but it wasn’t easy admits Wallace, who is back in competition after having retired from the sport.

He said: “I consider Chris deserves all the credit for the medal. He really helped me. I even had to beg, steal and borrow equipment from him to compete here.”

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