CWG: India shooters leave their mark; win 5 medals in Glasgow
Shooters bag five medals — two golds and three silvers — in one day to boost India's medal tally to 15 on Day 3 of Glasgow event
Glasgow: Indian marksmen returned with a rich haul of five medals, including two gold through Rahi Sanorbat and Apurvi Chandela, from the shooting ranges to completely dominate the event so far in the 20th Commonwewalth Games on Saturday.
Apurvi Chandela celebrates after winning the gold medal in the women’s 10m air rifle event at the Barry Buddon Shooting Centre
After Friday's one gold and one silver, the Indians bagged two gold and three silver on Saturday to accumulate seven medals (3, 4, 0) from shooting so far.
India could not win a medal in only men's and women's skeet and newly introduced Queen's Prize pairs and bagged at least a medal in all the five events held so far.
Silver medallist Ayonika Paul
It was an all-Indian affair in the women's 25m pistol event and Sanorbat beat Anisa Sayyed in the gold-medal match 8-2 to cap a brilliant second day of shooting competitions at the Barry Buddon Centre at Dundee. Australia's Lalita Yauhleuskaya bagged the bronze medal.
Earlier, 23-year-old Sanorbat and Sayyed, 33, finished first and second in the semi-finals to set up an all-Indian final.
Young Rajasthan girl Apurvi, earlier, got India its second gold from the shooting range winning the 10m Air Rifle event on Saturday as compatriot Ayonika Paul boosted the medal tally with a silver.
Prakash Najappa on the podium
21-year-old Chandela led from the beginning to win the yellow metal with a score of 206.7 while Ayonika finished a creditable second with a score of 204.9.
It was only fitting that the Jaipur girl, who started shooting only six years back after watching Abhinav Bindra get gold in the Beijing Olympics, won in the legendary shooter's pet event.
Gold medallist Rahi Sarnobat (left) and silver medallist Anisa Sayyed acknowledge the crowd at the end of the women's 25m pistol shooting at Barry Buddon Shooting Centre. Pics/Getty Images, AFP
Meanwhile, Prakash Najappa got a silver in the 10m Air Pistol event.
Nanjappa, who won a bronze in the ISSF World Cup in South Korea last year, was leading at the end of the second series of the elimination stage but he apparently lost concentration and shot a disappointing 7.7 to hand the lead to eventual winner Daniel Repacholi of Australia.