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Shooting preview – 2 August

02 August 2002

Five gold medals are decided on the penultimate day of competition as the singles events progress.

Michael Gault

Gault will be hoping to add to his golds today

After a day’s break, the open full bore rifle reaches its end at the 900-yard and 1,000-yard distances on the Stickledown range.

Pairs gold medallist David Calvert from Northern Ireland is only three bulls behind leader Glyn Barnett from England, this year’s Queens Prize winner, going into the final stage.

Calvert will be bidding to regain the individual title he won in Victoria eight years ago and Barnett will doubtless seek improvements on bronze from that same Games.

In the women’s three positions singles, Anjali Bhagwat will be trying to add another gold to her tally. Bhagwat is seemingly indefatigable, already having won top honours in the women’s pairs and singles as well as three positions pairs. While not her strongest event, she is on a roll – but all three medallists from the Kuala Lumpur 1998 Commonwealth Games feature here too – Susan McCready of Australia, Sharon Bowes of Canada and Roslina Bakar from Malaysia, who will be strong challengers.

England’s Michael Gault will be trying to consolidate his record-breaking eight gold medals with another one in the men’s 25m standard pistol event. But the prolific Jaspal Rana from India will be trying to squeeze more gold into India’s burgeoning trophy cabinet. A further pistol event – the 25m rapid fire – also takes place, with India’s Bhanwar Lal Dhaka prospecting for more gold to add to the pairs honours for this event he won with Mukesh Kumar of India.

The first ever women’s skeet competition has attracted only a small field, but Australia's Lauryn Ogilvy will try to add to her pairs gold medal won earlier in the week.

Cypriot Sofia Maouli took silver after a shoot-off in the badge match with England's Pinky Le Grelle – the competition for the really serious business is likely to be equally close.

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