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Don't mind losing to Abhinav and Gagan: England shooter

It is Abhinav Bindra's technical brilliance that comes in handy when the going gets tough for the ace Indian shooter, feels 2010 Commonwealth Games silver medalist James Huckle of England.

other Updated: Oct 10, 2010 16:20 IST

It is Abhinav Bindra's technical brilliance that comes in handy when the going gets tough for the ace Indian shooter, feels 2010 Commonwealth Games silver medalist James Huckle of England.

Huckle combined with Kenny Parr to give England the 10m air rifle silver medal after Bindra and Gagan Narang clinched the top prize in the event.

"It's very difficult to differentiate the two. Both are same if one talks about winning medals in big tournaments, that's their approach. But you talk about their game, I think Gagan is more self focused while Bindra is very good technically. That's why he can, at times, commit mistakes and get out of it," Huckle told PTI.

Despite finishing second best, the Englishman seemed pretty satisfied with his effort.

"We always wanted to win the gold medal, but I don't mind losing to people like Abhinav and Gagan as they are so skilled and experienced. We tried our best and we are happy with the silver," Huckle added.

Australian Tyren Vitler too lavished praise on the Indian duo.

"They are one of the best pairs in the world today. Both Abhinav and Gagan are very experienced having competed in so many international tournaments. Australians are also good in some events, but in 10m air rifle they are the best," Vitler said.

Bindra and Gangan earlier hit the bull's eye, scoring 1193 to win the top prize in the 10m air rifle pairs event.

The pair shot 1193 today to break their own record of 1189, which they had set four years ago in Melbourne.

World record holder Gagan, coming off a none-too-impressive season, shot a spectacular sequence of 99, 100, 100, 99, 100, 100 to total a grand 598, while Beijing Olympic gold medalist Bindra's series read 100, 98 ,99, 100,99, 99 which accounted for a total of 595 in the first shooting event of the Games.

Huckle and Parr (1174) won the silver medal while Bangladesh's Abdullah Hel Baki and Md Asif Hussain Khan (1173) had to be content with the bronze.