James Huckle gives England its first gold in Free Rifle 60m Prone

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Pune, Oct 14 (UNI) James Huckle gave England its first gold on the third day of the third edition of the Commonwealth Youth Games winning the Free Rifle 60 metre Prone at the shooting complex here today.

India meanwhile, continued its upward march with Rushad Damania grabbing the bronze medal in the event which saw Matthew Hall of Northern Ireland bag the silver, pipping Rushad by just one point.

Huckle shot 585 for the gold, while Matthew Hall got the silver with a score of 583 and Rushad the bronze with a score of 582.

It was Hall who started really well shooting a 99 in the first round with Huckle shooting a 97 and Rushad scoring just 94. Huckle then shot a score of 96, 99, 98 and then a perfect score of 100 which put him ahead and though he shot only a 95 in the last round he managed to hold on to bag the bronze.

Hall and Rushad, however, went neck to neck with Hall following his 99 with 96 in the next two rounds and a 98 in the fourth, as Rushad with 96, 99 and 98 in the next three rounds saw him close the gap to two points with the Northern Ireland shooter.

Both the shooters in race for the silver then shot a 97 in the penultimate round and then in the last round the Indian though shooting a 98 to Hall's 97 had to be contend with a bronze as the Northern Ireland shooter managed to keep a one point gap and pip the Indian to a silver.

Results: Men: Free Rifle 60 metre Prone: James Huckle (England) Gold, Matthew Hall (Northern Ireland) Silver, Rushad Damania (India) Bronze.

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