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India on a Shooting Spree

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India continued her good run in the shooting events racking up another three Gold medals with Deepika Patel winning the 10m Air Pistol Women's event, Lakshya Bansal coming up trumps in the 25m Men's Pistol category and Asher Noria winning the Men's Double Trap. Rashud Damania fell short of making a complete sweep of the event by picking up a Bronze in 50m Rifle 3 position.

Deepika trailing by one point after the qualifying rounds from Malaysian Ismail Wahidah Binti scored 374 to the Malaysian's 375. Eunice Mei Kay of Singapore was well back in third place at the break with a score of 369.

In the finals, Ismail started brilliantly shooting a 10.5 in her first attempt to Deepika's 10.1, Eunice drifted further back with a 8.7. However, it was her second shot that cost the young Malaysian dear as she fired an unbelievable 6.1, Eunice and Deepika both shot a 10.1. With a lead of over 4 now, Deepika was assured victory provided she did not commit any blunders. She didn't and coasted through to an aggregate score of 470.2. The battle for 2nd place was incredibly exciting and one had to feel for Ismail as she lost out to Eunice in the final round when Eunice hit a perfect score of 10.9 to win Silver by the narrowest of margins 464.3 to 464.2

lakshya_bansal_3.jpgIn the Men's 25m Pistol, an event featuring only 5 competitors, Lakshya Bansal trounced the competition scoring an impressive 281 in the Precision round and 286 in the Rapid round for a combined score of 567. Matthew James Hendry of Canada, winner of the Gold in yesterday's 10m Air Pistol, came in second place via a shoot-off after he and Arron Wilson of Australia were tied at 547 after the two rounds of shooting.

Lakshya, the son of a BSF officer, took up the sport three years ago under the tutelage of his father. A humble young man, Lakshya said, "This is my first medal in an international competition, and I owe it all to my father...he is my mentor, my trainer and my coach." Already 18, this is likely to be the last event that he will participate in as a junior and will now focus all his energies into making the senior squad for the Commonwealth Games in Delhi come 2010.

In arguably the toughest event in the shooting itinerary, Asher Noria took a slender two shot lead into the finals of the Men's Double Trap. An excellent performance from Philip Smith of South Africa kept him competitive throughout the contest as he ended the Qualifying rounds with a score of 133. Chester Cobb of England was in third place with a score of 130. The Leaderboard did not change after the final round with Asher winning a lot more comfortably than expected pulling out ahead by 8 points - 180 to Smith's 172.

James Huckle of England won his second Gold in as many days winning the Men's Rifle 3 Position with a score of 1243.8. Muhammad Muhamad Zubair Bin of Malaysia came in second with a score of 1206.2, Rushad Damania was third, he scored 1189.1. Huckle was a class apart in this event and completely dominated from start to finish, leaving the rest of the field far behind.


wrestling_50_kg1.jpgIndia continued to dominate the Wrestling event picking up three more Gold medals today to make a complete sweep of the Wrestling medals on offer so far.

Amit Kumar in the Men's 50kg category dominated the tournament from start to finish, beating S Takahashi in the final two rounds to nil - 7-3, 7-0. Craig McKenna of Scotland won the Bronze through the repechage route.

Jitendra Hariprasad emerged victorious in the Men's 54kg defeating N Shilimela (Nam) also by two rounds to nil in the final. Though the scores of 3-0 and 6-0 in the two rounds appear a tad one-sided, Jitendra was really tested by the young Namibian especially early on in the match as both struggled to gain the ascendancy. The second round however was over almost as soon as it began with Jitendra scoring an early pin to put him in a commanding position. Muhammad Mushtaq from Pakistan won the Bronze.

In the last event of the day Rahul Aware won Gold in the Men's 58kg category. Rahul completely dominated the final annihilating Duncan Moffat of Canada in a minute and 36 seconds, winning by executing a fantastic pinning combination on the Canadian youngster,Ebikeweimo Wilson of Nigeria won the repechage rounds to win the Bronze. Ebikeweimo gave Rahul a run for his money in their semi-final bout and can consider himself more than a little unlucky to find himself in Rahul's side of the draw, or he could possibly have even won a Silver


Athletics saw a deluge of medals decided today, as youngsters in as many as 13 categories walked away with a piece of Gold. India secured a Gold, Silver and Bronze in the Women's 4*100m relay, Women's 400m and Men's Discus throw respectively.

The Women's 400m was the first of these to produce a result - Rachael Nachula of Zambia set a new Games Record sprinting away to an exceptional win in 52.97secs. Poovama Machettira Raju of India (55.17s) did just enough to hold off Rabecca Nachula also from Zambia (55.20s) and Alyssa Shela Johnson from Canada (also 55.20s). The Bronze medal winner was ascertained based on a photo finish.

The Men's Discus Throw was next up with Julian Wruck of Australia setting a new Games record with a throw of 60.88m. Curtis Griffith Parker (Eng) came in second with an effort measuring 55.35m and Arjun Kumar of India came in third (52.02). In fact, Julain was so dominant in this event that three of his four accurate throws were better than the rest of the field.

The late drama for the day was provided by the 4*100m Women's relay where the Indian team of Nirupama, Bhagyashree, Shravanee Nanda & Gayathri Govindharaj set a new Games record with an outstanding time of 46.27 secs. India was in second place entering into the last 70m when Gayathri exploded to pull away and give the Indian side a memorable win.

A number of nations got on the Medal's Leaderboard today with Nigeria, Grenada, Uganda, Samoa, Kenya & Zambia all coming good in the field.

It was a useful outing for Australia too as they won three Golds, three Silvers and two Bronze medals excelling in the team events as well as the individual field events.


Swimming too had 10 Gold medals up for grabs, the Aussies swept through the pool winning 7 Golds and raced up the Medals tally to second place. Wales too had a good outing in the pool and racked up 5 medals. India won 1 Gold and 2 Silvers - young Veer Dhaval Khade was in outstanding form winning Gold in the 50m Butterfly Stroke in a new Games record time of 24.25 secs. He won a Silver too in the 200m Freestyle finishing just 0.24secs behind Ryan Napoleon of Australia in a time of 1:49.86 mins.

Select Results:

200m Freestyle (M): Aus - Ryan Napolean - 1:49.62mins

200m Freestyle (W): Aus - Jade Neilson - 2:02.24mins

100m Backstoke (M): Aus - Jared Christie Goldthorpe - 56.68secs

100m Backstroke (W): Aus - Bridgette Taylor - 1:02.81mins

4*100 Freestyle (M): Aus - Barett, McKendry, Napoleon, Goldthorpe - 3:24.11mins

4*100 Freestyle (W): Aus - Cater, Pilgrim, Ash, Dingjan - 3:49.51mins


Table Tennis surprisingly saw a couple of all-India doubles finals as Soumyajit Ghosh & Sathiyan Gnansekaran beat Shubham Sharma & Raj Mondal by three games to nil - 11-4, 11-5, 11-8 in a fairly one-sided encounter.

The Women's Doubles final on the other hand was a lot closer as Neha Aggarwal & Soumi Mondal came back from two games to love down to defeat Divya Deshpande & Pooja Sahasrabudhe 7-11, 7-11, 11-8, 11-5, 11-9 in a match that could easily have gone the other way. Divya and Pooja were just three points short of victory with the scores tied at 8-8 in the third game when Neha & Soumi rattled off three unanswered points to give themselves a lifeline in the match. The fourth game was one-way traffic as the team of Neha & Pooja stormed away with it 11-5. The fifth and final set was appearing to go the way of Neha / Soumi as they raced to a 10-6 lead, but Pooja and Divya rallied back to bring themselves to within a point of pusing it into sudden death. But, Neha's big match experience came through in the end as they held on to win a thrilling encounter.