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    Gagan Narang eighth in World Cup Final


    Gagan Narang in action during the ISSF World Cup Final

    Gagan Narang finished eighth in Men’s 50m Rifle Prone at the ISSF World Cup Final in Munich on Thursday. Gagan had qualified for the final round with the fourth highest qualification score of 625.4 (104.6, 105.2, 103.9, 103.2, 103.8, 104.7).

    In the final round, Gagan shot 81.9 with two shots on 9.9 and 9.6 which was not good enough to progress further in the finals.

    This was Gagan’s sixth appearance in an ISSF World Cup Final, and the first in the prone event. He won the gold in his favourite event — 10m air rifle — with a world record at the ISSF World Cup Final in 2008.

    Gagan had also made the final of the World championship in the event last year in Granada, Spain, where he finished sixth.

    Gold for McPhail

    Michael McPhail of the United States, who won the gold in two World Cups this season, edged out Kirill Grigoryan of Russia, gold-medal winner in the last World Cup, by one point to clinch the title. It was the second World Cup Final medal for Mcphail, following his silver in 2009. Interestingly, he the American had won the 300-metre big bore bronze in the previous World championship.

    In Men’s 50m Free Pistol, China’s Zhang Bowen, who had won the gold and silver in the ISSF World Cups this year, proved his class with a 3.3-point victory over Xuan Vinh Hoang of Vietnam. The latter was fourth in the London Olympics and the last World championship in Granada.

    The Results:

    Men’s 50m Rifle Prone: 1. Michael McPhail (USA) 208.5 (628.1); 2. Kirill Grigoryan (Rus) 207.5 (625.2); 3. Bojan Durkovic (Cro) 186.5 (624.7); 8. Gagan Narang 81.9 (625.4).

    Men’s 50m Free Pistol: 1. Zhang Bowen (Chn) 192.6 (558); 2. Xuan Vinh Hoang (Vie) 189.3 (555); 3. Wang Zhiwei (Chn) 173.6 (565).


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