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Shooter Jitu Rai took home the bronze medal in Commonwealth Shooting Championship, Nov. 1, 2017. (IANS photo)

BRISBANE — The Indian contingent continued its strong performance in the ongoing Commonwealth Shooting Championship here Nov. 1 with gold medals in the men’s 10 meter Air Pistol and women’s 10m Air Rifle events.

Youngster Shahzar Rizvi won the men's 10m Air Pistol, beating established compatriots Omkar Singh and Jitu Rai, who took silver and bronze, respectively, to complete an Indian sweep in the event. 

In the women's 10m Air Rifle, Pooja Ghatkar came out triumphant over teammate Anjum Moudgil, who took silver. A third Indian in the final, Meghana Sajjanar, finished fifth.

India's overall tally now includes three gold, two silver and two bronze for a total of seven medals so far.

The day started with Rizvi topping the 16-man qualification round with a score of 581. Singh and Rai followed him into the eight-man final with scores of 576 and 571, respectively. 

 The order did not change in the final, although Rai led the trio briefly after the first series of five shots with Singh second and Rizvi third. 

Singh then led until the 18th shot before the youngster took control from the 20th shot. By the end of the allotted 24 shots, Rizvi ended with a score of 240.7, while Singh came second with 236, thanks to four out of his last six shots being in the 8s. Rai won the bronze medal with a score of 214.1.

In the women's 10m Air Rifle, the fight was a bit tougher. Singapore's star rifle shooter, Jasmine Xer, topped qualification with a score of 419.8 and her teammate, the talented teenager Martina Veloso, shot 417.5 to finish second. 

Xer’s was a Commonwealth qualification record. Sajjanar with 416.6, Ghatkar with 415.3 and Anjum with 414.1 qualified in the third, fourth and sixth positions respectively. 

In the eight-woman final however, it was Moudgil who started the strongest, leading the field after five shots. But Ghatkar soon showed her class, to take the lead after 10 shots and held on to win with a final score of 249.8. 

Moudgil ended with 248.7 to win a silver while Veloso of Singapore won the bronze with a score of 224.8. Sajjanar ended fifth with 183.8

In the men's Skeet, Indian trio Mairaj Ahmad Khan, Angad Vir Singh Bajwa and Sheeraz Sheikh shot 119 each out of 125 in qualification to get into a shoot-off to qualify for the finals. Khan and Bajwa made it through to the six-man final to eventually finish fifth and sixth respectively.

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