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Golds all round on the range


Wales won their first gold at the Games on Tuesday, Canada earned their second shooting gold, Australia won two more, and India remained the dominant shooting force by increasing their gold cache from seven to eight.

Dallimore and Brekke

Johanne Brekke and Ceri Dallimore show off Wales' first gold medals

Jaspal Rana (IND) didnít raise any eyebrows with victory in the Menís 25m Pistol Pairs. Mahaveer Singh (IND) underpinned the joint effort to steal victory from Australia by one point. Zahid Ali (PAK) and Irshad Ali (PAK) took Pakistanís first medal in any sport in the 2002 Commonwealth Games a few points adrift for bronze.

Walesí first gold in any sport at these Games came in the Womenís 50m Rifle Prone. Johanne Brekke (WAL) improved on her sixth place in Kuala Lumpur to rise to victory, partnered by Ceri Dallimore (WAL), who won the preliminary Badge match here six days ago.

They shot to a new Commonwealth Games record with 1175, ahead of Scotland by a solitary point. Sheena Sharp (SCO) and Susan Jackson (SCO) took solace in their combined score equalling the previous record, while Englandís Helen Vincent (ENG) and Linda Smallbone (ENG) took bronze.

The first of the singles competitions began Tuesday, with the inaugural Womenís Trap event. After a preliminary 75 targets, the top six shoot a further 25 clays to determine the winner.

The top qualifier was Anita North (ENG), posting an impressive 72ex-75 to take the lead by two from Canadians Cynthia Meyer and Susan Nattrass (68ex-75) going into the final. Both Canadians shot perfect rounds in the crucial 25, with North dropping to a 22 allowing Meyer (95) to take gold and NATTRAS (93) the bronze behind NORTHís 94 which was enough for the silver.

The Menís Trap Singles will finish Wednesday, 31 July, and defending champion Michael Diamond (AUS) has only missed a solitary clay at halfway, sharing the lead with team-mate Adam Vella (AUS). Scotlandís David Marello is still in with a chance a point behind, and Fijiís Glenn Kable looks a strong contender for his countryís first medal.

The Australians continued their dominance in the Womenís 25m Pistol. Olympians Linda Ryan (AUS) and Lalita Yauhleuskaya posted a Commonwealth Games record of 1150ex-1200 while Malaysia took silver and New Zealand staged a late rally for bronze.

Australia took gold in the Menís 50m Rifle 3 Positions Pairs in the Lord Roberts Centre, beating England and India into silver and bronze respectively.

A strong prone from Tim Lowndes (398ex-400) got Australia off to the ideal start and he was ably supported by team-mate Sam Wieland, finding the target well despite a black eye suffered in Germany only last week. Australia finished 27 points clear of Christopher Hector (ENG) and Jason Burrage (ENG). The race for silver was much closer Ė just four points separated England from third-placed India.

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