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Jitu Rai at the 2016 Olympics. Rai won his second bronze medal in the Commonwealth Shooting Championships 2017, Nov. 3. (Jitu Rai Twitter photo)

BRISBANE — India took their gold medal count to five in four days of the Commonwealth Shooting Championships 2017, with Olympian Prakash Nanjappa and double-trapper Ankur Mittal winning the yellow metal here Nov. 3.

Nanjappa led yet another Indian clean sweep at the Men's 50 meter Pistol with World Cup Final bronze medalist Amanpreet Singh winning the silver and Jitu Rai his second bronze of the competition. 

Ankur Mittal added more glitter to his best-ever international year with the Double Trap gold while Shreyasi Singh also won silver in the women's Double Trap to round off another profitable day's outing for India.

India has so far won 15 medals at the competition.

It was Rai, who topped the qualification round of the 50m Pistol with a 559 with Amanpreet Singh qualifying in third with 543 and Nanjappa in fourth with 542. 

It was the same pattern at the start of the eight-man final with Rai again the strongest off the blocks. Nanjappa in fact was in fifth place after the first five-shot series but after the second series it was clear that the race was going to be between the three Indians, with the trio pulling away from the rest of the field.

The lead fluctuated for most parts between Rai and Amanpreet Singh, but Nanjappa caught up from the 18th shot of the 24-shot final, pipped Rai by 0.2 at the end of the 20th and beat Amanpreet Singh by 0.4 to emerge triumphant.

 Three Indians also qualified for the men's Double Trap while two qualified in the women's event. 

Md. Asab was the best Indian qualifier shooting 140 out of 150 to be placed third in qualifying. Mittal shot 138 to qualify in fifth place while Sangram Dahiya grabbed the sixth and final qualifying berth with a 135. 

In the women's event, Shreyasi Singh qualified in second place with a score of 96 out of 120 while Seema Tomar shot 84 to qualify in fifth place.

The medals however, came to Mittal who won the gold beating England's Matthew French in the men's Double Trap while Shreyasi Singh managed a creditable silver in the women's event.

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