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Cyprus defends men's Skeet pairs title

other Updated: Oct 11, 2010 20:02 IST

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World number three in Skeet, Georgios Achilleos of Cyprus, won his second consecutive Commonwealth Games gold in men's Skeet pairs shooting on
Monday.

It was a relatively quiet day otherwise at the range with only two golds up for grabs, the second being the women's 50m Rifle Prone pairs event which was won by Scotland.

Hosts India went without a gold for the first time in eight days of competition having to settle for a solitary bronze bronze in the women's event.

Achilleos of Cyprus had a new partner in Delhi in Andreas Chasikos and they combined well to equal the former's Games record of 194 set previously.

Canada's Jason Caswell and Richard McBride finished second on 191 after surviving a strong challenge from Englishmen Richard Brickell and Clive Bramley, who lost out on the silver due to an inferior countback.

A bronze medallist in the Munich World Championships last August, Achilleos said: "We made very good preparations. We were the favourites which made our mission even more difficult. "We aimed for the Gold and we achieved that. We are going to rest ourselves today to continue our mission tomorrow."

Debutant partner Chasikos was relieved after winning the gold.

"This is my first time at a Commonwealth Games and I shot under a lot of pressure because we are Commonwealth Games champions, and because Cyprus always takes the gold medal in the Pairs," he said.

Earlier, Jen McIntosh and Kay Copland of Scotland fought off a stiff challenge both from windy conditions as well as England to win the gold in the 50m Rifle Prone pairs event. The Scots scored a total of 1169, as did the English pair of Michelle Smith and Sharon Lee, but better inner tens by the
Scottish duo helped them finish first in the competition. McIntosh, speaking of the tough conditions said: "They were pretty tough. It wasn't easy out there today. The wind was up.

"It was quite strong and was flicking about a wee bit. We shoot on a reasonably sheltered range back home so it was a bit of a struggle."

Teammate Copland's delight on the gold winning effort was unrestrained.

"It's a total shock to win. I was saved by my teammate. I don't know what went wrong. The wind was tough, I didn't understand it. I tried to fix it but couldn't get it right, but we've won gold so it doesn't matter," she said.