Rio Olympic quota winner Chain Singh pipped Gagan Narang in the Men’s 50m Rifle Prone as India grabbed all the five gold medals on offer at the 12th South Asian Games in Guwahati.
The 26-year-old, who won the Olympic quota in 50m Rifle Three Positions, qualified for the finals with the second highest qualification score of 625.7 behind Narang.
Narang shot 628.9 to set a new national record. The 32-year-old registered 10.8 on the last shot to shoot his personal best qualification score in the event.
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In the finals, the lead exchanged between Chain, Gagan and Pakistan’s Umar Siddique. Chain however held his nerve towards the end of the finals to claim the gold ahead of Narang while Siddique won the bronze.
The Indian team comprising Chain, Narang and Surendra Singh Rathod won the team gold in Men’s 50m Rifle Prone with a total score of 1871.5. Pakistan and Sri Lanka took the silver and bronze.
In Men’s 25m center fire pistol, ‘Gold finger’ Samaresh Jung, who last won an individual international medal in the 2010 Commonwealth Games, beat the likes of Vijay Kumar and Pemba Tamang.
Jung shot a total of 580 (293+287) points to clinch the gold in a tough field. Tamang took the silver with a total shot of 579 points while Vijay, got the bronze after a shoot off as three marksmen ended at 577 points.
It took Vijay a bit of an effort to complete the sweep, he won the bronze after a shoot-off with Mustafa Ghulam and Maqbool Hussain for the bronze medal.
The trio finished on 577 each before Vijay Kumar took the decider scoring 48 while his challengers scored 47.
45-year-old Jung, who is best known for his stupendous five gold medal winning performance in 2006 Commonwealth Games, said that he would continue his international shooting career.
The team title in Men’s 25m Center Fire Pistol was held back on account of lack of sufficient entries.
Second clean sweep of the day
The second clean sweep of the day was in the Women’s 50m Rifle Prone as Kuheli Ganguly bagged the gold with a total score of 619.9, while Lajja Gauswami (608.2) and Anuja Jung (607.5) grabbed the silver and bronze respectively.
The combined total of 1835.6 returned by the trio also helped India to the gold medal in the team event, leaving Pakistan (1805.4) and Sri Lanka (1801.8) in the silver and bronze medal positions.
Men’s 50m Rifle Prone: 1. Chain Singh 204.5 (625.7), 2. Gagan Narang 203.7 (628.9), 3. Umar Siddique (PAK) 182.2. Team: 1. India, 1871.5, 2. Pakistan 1638.2, 3. Sri Lanka 1825.7.
Men’s 25m Centre Fire Pistol: 1. Samaresh Jung 580, 2. Pemba Tamang 579, 3. Vijay Kumar 577.
Women’s 50m Rifle Prone: 1. Kuheli Gangulee 619.9, 2. Lajja Gauswami 608.2, 3. Anuja Jung 607.5. Team: 1. India 1835.6, 2. Pakistan 1805.4, 3. Sri Lanka 1801.8.