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Shooters clinch three golds

Last updated on: March 20, 2006 14:38 IST

Indian guns continued to boom as the shooters dominated the ranges in Melbourne bagging three golds and a silver in the Commonwealth Games on Monday.

India figured in four of the five events this morning and won in all except in the men's skeet pairs.

In the process, Samresh Jung became the only shooter in this competition to have won three golds and a silver so far.

Spearheaded by the young Tejaswini Sawant, and pairs of Samresh Jung and Jaspal Rana and Gagan Narang and Abihnav Bindra, the Indians stamped their authority in no uncertain terms.

Adding to the medal rush was another promising shooter Avneet Kaur Sidhu who clinched a silver.

As the strains of Indian National anthem reverberated the ranges the Indian shooters celebrated a golden morning.

It began with Tejaswini piping compatriot Avneet to win gold in the women's 10m Air Rifle. Tejaswini totalled 500.6 to emerge leader while Avneet finished second at 500.2.

Interestingly, Tejaswini and Avneet had paired together on the opening day of the competition to win the gold in the 10m Air Rifles pairs.

Meanwhile, Gagan Narang and Abhinav Bindra in the men's 50m rifle three position pairs won their second gold of the competition without much ado. Narang and Bindra had won 10m Air Pistol pairs title on the opening day.

Samresh Jung and Jaspal Rana shot down 25m Centre Fire Pistol pairs gold as India's medal tally in shooting competition went up to nine golds and four silvers so far.

Tejaswini and Avneet equalled the Games record while qualifying for the finals of the event and eight shooters in the field of 28 made the cut.

In the preliminaries both the Indians totalled 398. Tejaswini's series was 100, 98, 100, 100 while Sidhu shot 99, 100, 99, 100.

Venessa Yong of Singapore who took the bronze had a total of 397 in the preliminaries.

The India duo had a winning tally of 2287, which was far better than silver medallists Michael Brown and Ben Burge of Australia, who aggregated 2269 points.

England's Jason Burrage and Chris Hector took bronze with 2269 points.