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Indian shooters win three more golds

29 July 2002

India continued to add to their cache of gold on Monday, winning three more events for a total of seven shooting golds so far.

Anjali Bhagwat

Anjali Bhagwat wins gold for India

Anjali Bhagwat, partnered by Raj Kumari won the Women’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions Pairs, despite it being Bhagwat’s weaker event. On Sunday she had linked up with Suma Shirur to win gold in the 10m Women’s Air Rifle Pairs.

Both Bhagwat and Kumari, along with other competitors, found the windy conditions tricky, most likely missing out on a new Commonwealth Games record by just three points as a result.

The standing record, of 1143ex1200, set in Victoria (1994) by Canada’s Sharon Bowes and Christina Ashcroft, was not threatened by Bowes and Commonwealth Games debutante Cari Johnson. The pair finished third, behind Australians Susannah Smith and Susan McCready.

India’s men flourished under the hot and humid conditions on the indoor pistol ranges, winning by a clear ten points in both the 25m Standard Pistol Pairs and the 25m Rapid Fire Pistol.

Mukesh Kumar and Bhanwar Lal Dhaka paired up to take the 25m
Rapid Fire, while Jaspal Rana and Samaresh Jung won the 25m Standard Pistol Pairs. Rana has now picked up Commonwealth gold medals in pistol events for three consecutive Games.

Australians Philip Adams and Bruce Quick wilted in the sweltering heat, but their silver medal in the Men’s 25m Standard Pistol Pairs was a welcome birthday present for Adams, who has competed in every Commonwealth Games since 1986 and has now extended his record to 18 Commonwealth Games medals. South Africa’s Frederick van Tonder and team-mate Francois van Tonder (no relation) took bronze.

Cyprus picked up where they left off in 1998, winning their first gold medal of the Commonwealth Games in the Men’s Skeet Pairs - just before winning a gold in Gymnastics.

Antonis Nicolaides was delighted to hold on to his Pairs Commonwealth Games title with new partner Christos Kourtellas. Australians George Barton and David Cunningham won silver ahead of England’s Richard Brickell and Drew Harvey, who took bronze on countback.

Just three entrants in the Women’s Skeet Pairs, meant only one medal – gold. That went to Australia’s Lauryn Ogivie and Natalia Rahman. The event might not have taken place at all, had it not been for the sportsmanship of six-times world Trap shooting champion Susan Nattrass, who despite never having shot at a Skeet target, stepped in to partner Linda Conley.

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