Russel takes double trap gold

NEW DELHI, MARCH 17. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore lost to his coach, Australian Mark Russel, and settled for silver in the double trap event as India won five medals including a gold by Pemba Tamang in the Commonwealth shooting championships in Melbourne on Thursday. With this, India's total medal haul went up to 11 gold, eight silver and five bronze medals.

Tamang tallied 760.6 points (565 + 195.6) to leave behind Canada's Melody Igorov 750.6 (559 + 191.6) and compatriot Vijay Kumar (748.3 (564 + 184.5) in the men's rapid fire pistol.

Russel, who missed the Athens Olympics, scored 134 in the preliminary round and 39 in the final to emerge as runaway winner with a total of 173. Rathore claimed the silver but only after winning a tie-shoot against another Australian Casselle Nathan.

The day's other silver for India was won by Meena Kumari in women's sports rifle three position with a tally of 661.5 points. England's Spicer R. (669.3) and Sultana S. of Bangladesh (656.2) got the gold and bronze respectively. Ace shooter Anjali Bhagwat ended 14th and Kuheli Gangulee came 17th with disappointing efforts.

In women's air pistol, Chandigarh student Harveen Sarao won the bronze in her first international competition with a total of 472.5 points. Australians Y. Lalita and M. Pamola took the top two spots. — PTI

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