Chenai keeps his cool, shoots gold

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ON TARGET: Kyanan Darius Chenai took the men’s trap gold with a stunning effort.
ON TARGET: Kyanan Darius Chenai took the men’s trap gold with a stunning effort.

V.V. Subrahmanyam

Ankush adds a bronze

PUNE: The 17-year-old Kyanan Darius Chenai, under immense pressure in the climactic stages, held his nerve to win gold for India in the men’s trap event on the second day of the third Commonwealth Youth Games at the Shiv Chatrapathi Sports Complex here on Tuesday.

India bagged another shooting medal — a bronze through Ankush Bharadwaj in 10m air pistol. This was his second medal of the Games after the gold in the 50m free pistol event.

Dramatic finish

Braving hot and humid conditions, Chenai, the trap shooter from Hyderabad, displayed remarkable composure to take home the gold. It was indeed a dramatic finish considering that Chenai had dropped the pigeon six times by the end of 20 shots and was tied with Ryan Bugeja of Malta with five shots remaining.

Chenai seemed to revel under pressure as he came up with scores of 23, 22, 22, 22 and 22 in the final five rounds. With a tally of 128, he finished one point ahead of Bugeja and three clear of Australia’s Michael McNabb.

With the electronic scoreboard going blank at the wrong time, Chenai flashed the victory symbol after his final shot to indicate who the winner was. “I was told the scores and knew exactly what I had to do,” said Chenai.

Chenai said the conditions were far from favourable for the shooters. “Yes, it was a bit windy and the targets too were not going in the normal direction. We had to adjust and it was really tough out there.

“I had to forget the dropped ones and think of those remaining. I am delighted to finally win the gold here,” added the shooter who won a silver in the Asian clay championship early this year.

“It is great to win a gold in front of these gentlemen,” said Chenai, referring to his father Darius Chenai, his coach and four-time Olympian Mansher Singh and IOA secretary-general Randhir Singh who were around to witness the golden moment.

In the 10m air pistol event, Ankush had to settle for a bronze with a tally of 645.9. Canada’s James Hendry Mathew (653.10) and Singapore’s Chia Sim Chen Chia Christopher (650.70) took the gold and silver respectively.

Rushad fourth

In the 50m rifle prone competition for men, Rushad Damania of India, who was third at the end of the qualifying round, slipped to fourth with an aggregate of 679.30 after scores of 9.4, 10.0, 10.2, 9.0, 9.8, 10.6, 9.5, 9.2, 9.0 and 10.6 in the final round.

James Huckle of England clinched the gold with 687.60, while Northern Ireland’s Mathew Hall (686.50) and McAlpine Rory of Scotland (681.40) took the silver and bronze respectively.

In the 50m rifle prone event for women, Kay Copland of Scotland (585) finished on top. Malaysia’s Binti Mohd. Taufb Nurfarah Afiqah (582) and Cox Sheree of England (581) claimed the silver and bronze respectively.

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