Commonwealth Shooting C'ship: Satyendra Singh bags gold

After qualifying with a top score of 1162 along with Dane Sampson of Australia, Satyendra led right through the 45-shot final to clinch the gold 0.9 point ahead of compatriot, Olympian Sanjeev Rajput.

The men's free rifle 3-position, silver medallist Sanjeev Rajput, champion Satyendra Singh and Dane Sampson of Australia, in the Commonwealth Shooting championship in Austrlaia on Monday.   -  Special Arrangement

Army marksman Satyendra Singh gave a strong finish for the Indian team as he won the free rifle 3-position gold in the Commonwealth Shooting Championships in Brisbane on Monday.

After qualifying with a top score of 1162 along with Dane Sampson of Australia, Satyendra led right through the 45-shot final to clinch the gold 0.9 point ahead of compatriot, Olympian Sanjeev Rajput.

It has been a good year for Satyendra who had made the final of the same event in the World Cup in Gabala, with a personal best score of 1173.

‘’I am happy to win my first Commonwealth gold’’, said Satyendra, who was able to rise above strong competitors, as the Ausssie Dane Sampson
had earlier won the gold in rifle prone event.

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Apart from Sanjeev, the other Indian Olympian, Chain Singh had qualified with 1158, but finished fourth , as he lost crucial points in the first series of kneeling and standing positions during the 45-shot final.

There was no further addition to India’s impressive collection of 20 medals, that included six gold and seven silver, as Birendeep Sodhi finished fourth in men’s trap.

After qualifying with 118, four better than Zoravar Singh Sandhu and Lakshay, Birendeep shot 29 out of 35 in the single-shot final and bowed out, when he was close to a medal.

The results

Men: 50m rifle 3-position: 1. Satyendra Singh 454.2 (1162); 2. Sanjeev Rajput 453.3 (1158); 3. Dane Sampson (Aus) 442.9 (1162); 4. Chain
Singh 430.4 (1158).

Trap: 1. Aaron Heading (Eng) 45 (119)8; 2. Michael Wixey  (Wal) 42 (119)7; 3. James  Willett (Aus) 33 (118)2; 4. Birendeep Sodhi 29 (118)3; 11. Zoravar Singh Sandhu 114; 12. Lakshay 114.