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India take another gold in the shooting

29 July 2002

India have added another gold to their collection after coming top in the men’s 25 Rapid Pistol Pairs.

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The pair, Mukesh Kumar and Bhanwar Lal Dhaka got an overall score of 1141, which was 10 more points than silver medallists South Africa.

Kumar said of his own performance: “It was not that easy to get gold – it was a big fight, all were doing well. The South African team, New Zealand and Australia had done well in the badge matches and we didn’t.”

And on their approach to the competition: “Bhanwar Lal and I were not trying to beat anyone. Our motivation is to do our best – not to worry about how other shooters are getting on. If you start thinking about that in shooting, you can’t do well.”

One half of the South African pair, who scored 1131, Allan McDonald, said “I can’t quite believe it – I had four gun malfunctions, which played a major role. I’m so grateful for my partner Frikkie [Frederick Van Tonder], he really smoked it. He’s a poker player – you can’t tell how he’s shooting from looking at him. We were all on tip toes as he was so calm – it was a joy to behold.”

England’s pair, Peter Clark and Leslie Pearson came fourth in the competition with a score of 1110 points.

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