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Gagan shoots perfect score again

india Updated: Nov 24, 2008 11:31 IST

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Ace marksman Gagan Narang has underlined the fact that he missed an Olympic medal just by sheer bad luck, as he once again shot a perfect score -- this time in the ongoing German Shooting League.

Narang, who had missed the finals of Beijing Olympics by a whisker, scored a perfect 400/400 in the 10 rifle event in Bundesliga on Sunday.

He had earlier this month set a world record of 600/600 in the World Cup finals at Bangkok, Thailand.

"I feel happy to shoot perfect scores of 600 and 400," said Narang.

His team manager Knut Boettig said it was the first time that an international scooter had fired a perfect score in the League. "This is not only the first perfect score of this season of Bundesliga but also is the first shot by an international shooter at the league in the the last 5 years, as far as my memory goes," he said.

The league has a 40 shot format common to both men and women. Narang shot the perfect score of 400 out of 400 leaving Karin Prediger, the three-time German champion, no chance to win at all. Prediger shot 396.

Narang's feat also guided his club team to win the match 3:2 against Petersaurach and now needs to win one more match to enter the finals, from the two matches still to be played against Prittlebach and Der Bund Munchen.

Top four teams will take part in the finals.

India's rifle coach Laszlo Szucsak of Hungary had said "it is extremely difficult for even the best of the best to shoot a perfect score at the German league matches as it becomes difficult to concentrate during the match due to the continuous loud sounds of the cheering audience, drums and the whistles."