Gagan Narang sets world record, wins World Cup

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New Delhi, Nov 5 (UNI) Shrugging off his Beijing Olympics' disappointment, shooter Gagan Narang won the gold in the men's 10 metre air rifle event with a world record score in the World Cup Finals in Bangkok today.

The Indian displayed a spirited challenge in a strong field dominated by Beijing Games silver and bronze medallists Zhu Qinan and Finn Henn Hakkinen, shooting a perfect 600 in the qualifying stage and 103.5 in the final for a world record score of 703.5. On his journey to claim the gold, Narang broke the record of Austrian Farnik Thomas set in 2006 World Cup Final in Granada, Spain.

Twenty-year-old Narang qualified for the event after he won a bronze in the World Cup in China earlier this year. He almost made it to the final round at the Beijing Games but eventually lost by by a whisker on a count-back.

Matthew Emmons of the US bagged the silver with 702.5 (qualifying 598, final 104.5) and the bronze went to Zhu, who shot 702.3 (qualifying 599, final 103.3).

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