Vastavam web: London Olympics bronze medallist Gagan Narang won a silver while Swapnil Kusale and Annu Raj Singh bagged a bronze each, as India continued their strong showing at the Commonwealth Shooting Championship here today.Narang finished second on the podium in the men’s 50m rifle prone event and youngster Swapnil won bronze in the same event.On day three of competitions, India’s medal hunt started when both Narang and Swapnil qualified for the eight-man final.
Narang scored 617.6 after 60 shots while Swapnil outshone his decorated team-mate with a score of 619.1. Gold medallist Dane Sampson of Australia topped the qualifying with a Commonwealth record of 624.3.Sushil Ghalay, India’s third contestant shot 614.1 to finish 10th among the 22 participants.Dane registered a winning score of 247.7, Narang ended with 246.3 while Swapnil shot 225.6.
“It was a very windy day and I had to dig deep. It was a test of my patience as I had to release my shots at the right time,” the 2010 CWG Gold medal said.Narang knows that there is a lot of work to be done ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth Games.In the women’s 25m pistol, Heena Sidhu was among the three Indians who qualified for the final. Annu Raj Singh, however, was the best placed Indian in qualifying with a score of 578.Team-mate Rahi Sarnobat had the same score but finished third in qualifying on countback. Heena qualified in fifth place shooting 571.Annu Raj secured third place with 28, bowing out of the final after the ninth series.Heena finished fifth with a tally of 21, while Rahi ended sixth after shooting 17 in the final.