Commonwealth shooting Championships: Prakash, Amanpreet, Jitu complete clean sweep

Indian shooters made a clean sweep in the 50m pistol event, with Prakash Nanjappa winning the coveted gold medal, while Amanpreet Singh and Jitu Rai settled for silver and bronze respectively.

Prakash Nanjappa put up a stellar performance to clinch the prestigious gold medal with a score of 222.4.   -  [email protected]_India

Prakash Nanjappa had a 10.2 on the last shot to pip compatriot Amanrpeet Singh by 0.4 point to the gold in men’s free pistol in the Commonwealth Shooting Championship in Brisbane on Friday.

It was a sweep of medals for the Indian team as the much accomplished Jitu Rai took the bronze, after grappling with a string of 7s in the final. The Indian men’s pistol shooters had earlier swept the air pistol medals.


Quite remarkably, Prakash and Amanpreet Singh had tied before the last two shots to decide the gold. A below par penultimate shot from both saw Amanpreet taking a 0.1 lead. However, Amanpreet could muster only 9.7 on his last shot and thus had to be happy with the silver.

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Both Prakash and Amanpreet had qualified with modest scores of 542 and 543 respectively, while JItu Rai had topped with 559.

For a shooter with Asian Games gold and the World Championship silver, it was a below par fare, but Jitu was happy to add the free pistol bronze to the air pistol bronze that he had won earlier. He has not been in good form after winning the mixed air pistol gold with Heena Sidhu in the World Cup Final in Delhi recently.

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Silver medallist Matthew French of England, champion Ankur Mittal and Nathan Lee Xuerub of Malta with the double trap medals in the Commonwealth Shooting Championship in Brisbane on Friday.   -  Special Arrangement

 

There was more gold for India, as Ankur Mittal, the best Indian shotgun marksman this season, with a clutch of medals including the World Championship silver in Moscow, won the double trap event. Mohammed Asab and Sangram Dahiya could not reach the medals.

Ankur beat Matthew French of England 74-72 for the gold, after having shot 138 in qualification. Mohd. Asab had topped qualifcation in the
shoot-off after being tied on 140 with two others including William Chetcuti of Malta, but ended up fifth eventually.

Sangram Dahiya who had won the World Cup Final silver in Delhi last week, settled for the sixth place.

In women’s double trap, Shreyasi managed to clinch the silver seven points behind Emma Cox of Australia, while Seema Tomar placed fifth.

 

The results:

Men: 50m free pistol:
1. Prakash Nanjappa 222.4 (542); 2. Amanpreet Singh 222.0 (543); 3. Jitu Rai 201.9 (559).

Double trap: 1. Ankur Mittal 74 (138); 2. Matthew French (Eng) 72 (140)(20, 37); 3. Nathan-Lee Xuerub (Mlt) 54 (139); 4. Mohd. Asab 45
(140)(20, 38); 6. Sangram Dahiya 23 (135).

Women: Double trap:
1. Emma Cox (Aus) 103; 2. Shreyasi Singh 96; 3. Rachel Parish (Eng) 93; 5. Seema Tomar 84.