Indians dominate shooting on day four, bag 3 of 4 golds on offer

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Pune, Oct 15 (UNI) The shooters continued to excel for the hosts with a near clean sweep today as in the four events for the day India bagged three golds and one bronze on day four of the third edition of the Commonwealth Youth Games here today.

After Deepika Patel in the 10m Air Pistol (women) and Lakshya Bansal in the 25m Pistol (men) had bagged golds, Asher Noria added the third gold in the men's double trap event with Rushad Damania having to be satisfied with a bronze in the men's 50m Rifle 3 Position.

England's James Huckle was in prime form to win the gold in this event as he shot a 100m 98, 99, 99 in the Prone position, while Rushad shot a got round in Prone of 99, 97, 99, 95 to be in second place ahead of the silver medalist Bin Muhammad Muhamad Zubair of Malaysia who shot 96, 95, 95, 96.

Muhamad Zubair moved into second place in the standing round shooting a total of 362, while the Indian could only shot a total of 352. The leader James Huckle with a total of 370 consolidated his lead.

Rushad further fell back with a poor kneeling round of 364, while the Malaysian shot 372 to increase his lead for the silver medal. James Huckle once again with a steady round of 383 further increased his lead.

In the final round Rushad once again faltered shooting a total of only 83.1, while the Malaysian with a 90.2 made sure of a silver medal even as the gold went to Huckle who again shone with a score of 94.8.

In the men's double trap event Asher Noria was in prime form leading from the start to emerge the winner, leaving South Africa's Ziegler Smith and England's Chester Cobb to settle for the silver and bronze medals respectively.

Lakshya Bansal was bang on target in his first precision shot which fetched him 98 and though his next two shots in the precision section saw him falter a bit with a 94 and 89 it was enough to lead the field with 281 after the precision round.

The silver medalist James Hendry of Canada started of badly with a 90 and followed it up also with a 90. His third and final shot was slightly better with a 94 as he ended with 274, while the bronze medalist shot Aaron Wilson of Australia much better in the precision with shots of 92, 87 and 96 to finish a point ahead at 275.

In the Rapid round the Indian was again pretty good with a 97, 93 and 98 for a total of 286 and a grand total of 567 which gave him the gold comfortably.

James Hendry had a better rapid round than Aaron Wilson and though both were tied with a grand total of 547, the former was given a silver for his better rapid round and Aaron had to be content with the bronze.

In the women's 10m Air Pistol, Deepika Patel came back strongly after having a poor preliminary round where she trailed Malaysian Binti Ismail Wahidah by one point shooting 374 to the Malaysians 375.

In the final Deepika shot 10.1, 10.1, 10.1, 8.4, 10.3, 9.7, 8.4, 10.4 10.2 and 8.5 to total 96.2 for an overall total of 470.2 Binti Ismail Wahidah had a poor final round totaling just 89.2 for a grand total of 464.2. Infact her final round was so poor the third placed Chong Eunice Mei Kay of Singapore who had just a score of 369 shot 95.3 in the final round to go ahead of the Malaysian by just a 0.1 score with a grand total of 464.3 to brag the silver leaving the Malaysian with just the bronze medal.

Results: 10m Air Pistol (women): Deepika Patel (India) Chong Eunice Mei Kay (Singapore) Binti Ismail Wahidah (Malaysia) 25m Pistol (men): Lakshya Bansal (India) James Hendry (Canada) Arron Wilson (Australia).

50 m Rifle 3 Position for Men James Huckle (England) Bin Muhammad Muhamad Zubair (Malaysia) Rushad Damania (India).

Double Trap for Men: Asher Noria (India) Ziegler Smith (South Africa) Chester Cobb (England).

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