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Gurpreet’s double sets the ranges on fire

other Updated: Oct 08, 2010 01:07 IST
Ajai Masand
Ajai Masand
Hindustan Times
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At 22, Gurpreet Singh has already learnt the art of ‘multi-tasking’. On Thursday morning, at the Karni Singh Ranges, the Amritsar-born marksman shot down gold and a Commonwealth Games record with senior pro Vijay Kumar in the rapid-fire pistol (pairs) event. He returned in the evening with Navy man Omkar Singh for another gold and a Games record in 10m air pistol (pairs), to give India another day to rejoice.

Gurpreet (575) and Vijay (587) totalled 1162, while in the evening Gurpreet and Omkar shot a 576.

On a day when India won two gold in pistol and silver in double-trap, there was disappointment in 50m rifle three-position as World champion in 50m prone (individual), Tejaswini Sawant, couldn't make it to the finals, ending ninth, and compatriot Lajja Gauswami finishing sixth.

Double-trap marksman Ronjan Sodhi staged a gritty fight-back to clinch silver after he was down and out at 139/150 at the end of the qualification round and trailing the leader, England's Stevan Walton, by four points (143).

In the final, he shot 47/50 to be tied with three others on 186/200, winning the tie-shoot on the third shot. Walton went on to clinch gold with 190