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India add to shooting golds

30 July 2002

India continued their success in the shooting, taking the gold in the closely fought mens’s 25m fire pistol pairs, with a total of 1150.

Jaspal Rana

A jubliant Jaspal Rana

Gold medallist Jaspal Rana (IND) said: “I’m pleased with a win but made some major mistakes. I’m disappointed with my score – but I don’t think anybody wouldn’t be pleased with gold.

“My teammate was shooting very well. During the first half I shot badly and I made it up in the latter stage – Manaveer [Singh] and I both did well.”

Australias Bruce Quick and David Moore took the silver medal with a total of 1149. Moore said of Rana’s disappointment with their low score: “At a Commonwealth Games the score that wins is the best on the day. Maybe they were a little over confident. I guess the Indians can shoot better – so can the Australians, trust me. But on the day, with the pressure of Commonwealth Games medals at stake, that’s a great leveller.”

On his medal succcess Quick said: “This is the fourth day of shooting and it’s my fourth medal – so far, so good. As I said when I turned up this morning, ‘Another day at the office. It’s a bugger of a job but somebody’s got to do it.’”

His team mate David Moore said on winning the silver medal: “I’m very pleased with the silver, it would’ve been nice to have had a gold, but only one brass case [one shot] was the difference between silver and gold. A lot of competitors fired shots high and low. Temperatures were ideal, there was a little bit of wind but overall perfect.”

Irshad Ali of Pakistan took the bronze medal with a score of 1142 and proudly said: “My performance wasn’t that good but I thank God – God has honoured us with this medal. It’s the first medal of the Games for Pakistan and we in the shooting team are very proud of that.”

“I’m very pleased to get bronze – it’s good news for Pakistan.”

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