SPORT

India finishes 14th

India finished 14th among 105 countries, with two gold medals and a bronze, in the 50th World shooting championship which concluded in Munich on Tuesday.

The gold medals, by Tejaswini Sawant in women's rifle prone and Asher Noria in junior men's double trap, were achieved by matching the world record. India accounted for two of the 27 world records that were tied or set.

China topped the medals table with 21 gold, 20 silver and 11 bronze, beating Russia which had 21 gold, 13 silver and 12 bronze medals. USA was third with 11 gold, six silver and seven bronze, while Italy (6 gold), Ukraine (5), Switzerland (5), Korea (4), Germany (3), France (3), Poland (3), Norway (2), Finland (2) and Czech Republic (2) were the other teams to finish ahead of India. Japan was behind India in the 15th place with two gold medals.

Only 34 countries managed to win medals spread over 107 events.

Only 15 were Olympic events in pistol, rifle and shotgun, and there were 40 non-Olympic and junior events.

India bagged two of the 69 Olympic quota places on offer, through Gagan Narang in air rifle and Hariom Singh in men's rifle prone event.

In all, 26 countries managed to win Olympic quota places. Only 321 more Olympic quota places will be offered in shooting over the next two years, before the London Games in 2012.

The results: Men: Skeet: 1. Valeriy Shomin (Rus) 149 (22) 124; 2. Ennio Falco (Ita) 149 (21) 124; 3. Georgios Achilleos (Cyp) 148 (123); 75. Mairaj Ahmad Khan 115; 127. Parampal Singh Guron 102. Team: 1. Cyprus 364; 2. Italy 363; 3. France 362.

Junior men: 1. Jon McGrath (US) 123; 2. Bostelman Raul Franco (Chi) 122; 3. George Kazakos (Cyp) 121; 40. Smit Singh 110. Team: 1. Czech Republic 357; 2. US 356; 3. Germany 352 .

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