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Chenai ‘traps’ gold; chaos at 50m range

Son of Derius, a national-level trap shooter, Chenai survived windy conditions and some technical mistakes to clinch the trap gold medal at the 3rd Commonwealth Youth Games, reports Abhijeet Kulkarni.

other Updated: Oct 14, 2008 22:50 IST
Abhijeet Kulkarni

Kyanan Chenai would be happy that he has a shooting legacy to fall back upon when the going gets tough. Son of Derius, a national-level trap shooter, Chenai survived windy conditions and some technical mistakes to clinch the trap gold medal at the 3rd Commonwealth Youth Games in Pune on Tuesday.

Chenai went into the final round with a one-point lead over Ryan Bugeja of Malaysia and almost fritted away the advantage when he missed eight of his first 20 shots. However, he managed to hold his nerves to smash the next five targets and pip his rival.

"I was making some technical mistakes and that put pressure on me. Then I was reminded of my father's saying to never look at the score and keep shooting. That ploy worked in the final five shots," he said.

Chenai, who bagged India's third gold in shooting, was also disturbed by the swirling conditions and said it was making things difficult. "The conditions were a lot tougher but I am happy to win the gold as this would work as a catalyst for my shooting career," said the Hyderabad youngster, who was watched by his father from the stands.

Bhardwaj wins bronze

Ankush Bhardwaj, the 50m free pistol gold-medallist, bagged a bronze in the 10m air pistol category behind James Hendry of Canada and Christopher Chia Chen of Singapore. Meanwhile, chaos reigned supreme as the men's 50m prone final was delayed for an hour as there was confusion over whether the light was enough to hold the event.

Eventual gold-medallist James Huckle complained about the shadow on the target due to which artificial lights had to be lit.

The officials even moved India's Rushad Damania to another lane but later asked him to get back to his original lane.

Twenty minutes were wasted in the process and finally when the light meter was used to check the quality of light, it turned out that the light was more than the stipulated 2000 lux.