Gagan, Pooja win mixed silver in Czech

After topping the qualification with 833.2 points, with Pooja shooting 413.5 and Gagan 419.7, the Indian pair came very close to overtaking Jurate Cesynaite and Karolis Girulis (Lithuania) for the gold.

Gagan Narang (left) and Pooja Ghatkar fought bravely after conceding a good lead early in the final.   -  SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

 

Gagan Narang and Pooja Ghatkar won the mixed air rifle silver medal in the Grand Prix of Liberation international shooting competition in Plzen, Czech Republic, on Sunday.

After topping the qualification with 833.2 points, with Pooja shooting 413.5 and Gagan 419.7, the Indian pair came very close to overtaking Jurate Cesynaite and Karolis Girulis for the gold, before missing the target by 1.3 point.

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Gagan and Pooja fought bravely after conceding a good lead early in the final, and bridged the gap to 0.3 point before the last series, when the Lithuanian pair prevailed with a better fare.

There was more cheer for the Indian camp, as P. Shri Nivetha and Amanpreet Singh struck the mixed air pistol silver after having topped qualification with an overwhelming score of 775, which was 10 points better than the next best, and 16 points better than that of Belarus, which eventually clinched the gold.

After shooting 385 and 390 in qualification, Shri Nivetha and Amanpreet got off to a good start in the final, but the Belarus pair of Darya Akhmedava and Yauheni Zaichyk kept improving for a strong finish and a victory by 3.3 point margin.

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Amanpreet Singh had earlier clinched the free pistol silver with a score of 555, one point behind Abdul-Aziz Kurdzi of Belarus.

Overall, for the big Indian contingent, it was a good performance as Shri Nivetha and Mihika Poore had earlier won the women’s air pistol and air rifle gold medals respectively.

The results:

Mixed team: 10m air rifle: 1. Lithuania (Jurate Cesynaite, Karolis Girulis) 496.4 (832.7); 2. India (Pooja Ghatkar, Gagan Narang) 495.1 (833.2); 3. Armenia (Alla Poghosyan, Hrachik Babayan) 428.4 (830.7).