Pardeep wins bronze in shooting world championship

Granada: The Indian contingent finally had something to cheer about as young shooter Pradeep bagged a bronze medal after the seniors' none-too-impressive showing in the 51st Shooting World Championships here.

Pradeep won the honour in 25-metre standard pistol event for junior men yesterday. Pardeep, who also helped the three-men Indian team to finish fourth overall, ended with a score of 561 in the competition stage, to settle for third position behind Dario Di Martino of Italy.

Both Dario and Pardeep finished with identical scores. The Italian, however, edged out Pardeep by a point in the shoot-off for second and third positions. Alexander Chichkov of the USA won the gold with a score of 563.

This is the Indian squad's second medal in the competition after Jitu Rai's silver in the men's 50-metre pistol event.

In the other events of the day, Gurpreet Singh shot well but not well enough to finish 13th in the 25-metre men's standard pistol event with a score of 566. Rahul Poonia, Anil Pal Singh in the men's and Hema Chetri in women's category, also made it to the competition stage having survived their elimination rounds in the 300-metre standard rifle event.

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