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All that glitters is gold

india Updated: Oct 07, 2010 10:16 IST
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India's fine run at the Commonwealth Games continued on Wednesday, with the shooters notching up three more gold medals and the wrestlers one more. The lifters too joined the party, bringing home another two golds. In three days of the competition, India had a gold tally of 11, second only to Australia's 21.

Gagan Narang kicked off the gold rush at the Karni Singh Ranges by beating compatriot Abhinav Bindra to set a world record in the 10 metre air rifle competition.

Narang's T-shirt read: my lucky number is 600. That proved prophetic as he shot a perfect 600 in qualification to equal the world record.

Of the four shooting golds up for grabs, the Indians allowed only one to escape their grasp.

Anisa Sayyed and Rahi Sarnobat bagged gold and silver in the 25m sports pistol, to go with the pairs gold they had won on Tuesday. Omkar Singh rounded things off by winning the 50m free pistol event.

Even the double trap pair of Ronjon Sodhi and Asher Noria who missed the top spot, did so narrowly, taking the silver home.

The weightlifters, who were a shade below expectation on Monday, began their effort to win back honour in grand fashion on Wednesday.

At Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium arena, Renu Bala Chanu and multiple national record holder K Ravi Kumar made it one gold each for the women and men's teams.

Ravi also achieved a Games record in the 69 kg clean and jerk.

On a day when stadiums were packed with Delhiites turning out in droves to back their sporting heroes, the grapplers continued where they had left off on Tuesday at the KD Jadhav Stadium arena.

Although the bar had been set high by their Tuesday sweep, their tally of one gold, one silver and two bronze medals on Wednesday meant that every Indian grappler in the Greco-Roman discipline went home with a medal.

Rajender Kumar totally dominated the 55 kg class, destroying his Pakistani opponent in the final. Manoj Kumar grabbed a silver, while Sunil and Dharmender Dalal had to be content with bronze. The tally from the mat so far — four golds, one silver and two bronze.

With the freestyle events still to come, and lots of shooting in the next few days, the great Indian gold rush is well and truly on.