Commonwealth Shooting Championships: Prakash, Amanpreet, Jitu Rai clinch medals as Indian domination continues

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Brisbane: In what was another successful day for the Indian shooters at the 2017 Commonwealth Shooting Championships, shooters Prakash Nanjappa, Amanpreet Singh and Jitu Rai led India to yet another clean sweep at the 50M Pistol event. While, Prakash won the gold medal, World Cup Final Bronze medalist Amanpreet Singh won the silver and Jitu Rai, his second bronze of the competition.

World Championships silver medalist Ankur Mittal also added another medal to an already glittering year by winning the gold, while Shreyasi Singh bagged a silver in the women’s double trap event to bring an end to yet another successful day for the country in the Championships, with India having already won 15 medals.

Nanjappa made a strong comeback in the final round and won the yellow medal with a score of 222.4. But the calculation looked different though, when the event started out.

Jitu Rai topped the qualification round of the 50M event with a score of 559, while Amanpreet came third with 543, Prakash came fourth with 542. It was the same at the start of the final round with Jitu still leading while Singh was close behind but Nanjappa had slipped to fifth.

What looked to be battle among the three Indians for the podium places, Jitu and Amanpreet regularly exchanged leads but Prakash soon caught up from the 18th shot in the 24 shot final round, to eventually top the charts, while Amanpreet finished second and Jitu Rai third.

Meanwhile, Ankur Mittal won the gold after beating Matthew French of England in the Men’s double trap, while Shreyasi Singh won the silver in the women’s events. Md. Asab, Sangram Dahiya and Seema Tomar were among the other Indians who reached the final rounds.

Earlier, the Indian pistol shooters had also made a clean sweep in the 10M air pistol event with Shahzar Rizvi, Omkar Singh and Jitu Rai all winning the gold, silver and bronze medals respectively.

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