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Rahul Banerjee wins archery gold in home double

other Updated: Oct 10, 2010 16:45 IST

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Rahul Banerjee won the men's recurve archery final at the Commonwealth Games on Sunday, completing a golden double for the host nation after teenager Deepika Kumari earlier won the women's event.

Earlier in the day in a one-two finish for India, Harpreet Singh and Vijay Kumar clinched the gold and silver medals respectively in men's individual 25-metre centrefire pistol shooting event of the 19th Commonwealth Games.

Indian marksmen thus continued with their medal-winning spree in the Delhi Games, while women shooters Suma Shirur and Kavitha Yadav failed to finish among the top three in 10m air rifle singles event at the Karni Singh Range.

Harpreet shot 580 (288 in precision, 292 in rapid stage) to clinch his second gold of the Games, the first coming in the pairs event in which he partnered Vijay.

Vijay bagged the silver after prevailing in a shoot-off, where four shooters -– Australia's Michelangelo Giustiniano, England's Michael Gault, Singapore's Meng Lip Poh and Vijay -– were tied for second spot at 574 points.

Vijay scored 49 out of a possible 50 in the shoot-off, just one point better than bronze medallist Poh.

Shirur scored 495.4, while Yadav totalled 495.1 to finish behind gold medallist Jasmine Wei Xiang Ser of Singapore (501.7).

Malaysia's Ayuni Nur Halim bagged the silver, scoring 497.5, while compatriot Nur Suryani (496.9) had to be content with a bronze. Jasmine, in the process, bettered the previous Games record of 500.8, held by India's Anjali Bhagwat. The Indian had achieved the feat during the Manchester Games in 2002.

Earlier, there was some confusion over who had scored more in shoot-off in the 25-metre range.

Giustiniano, who had limited rounds left with him, didn't do the sighting (five trial shots) to save his pellets for the final round and as a result, his final scores didn't appear on the electronic scorecard.

In such a scenario, the defaulter often ends up hitting the wrong target -– the shooter standing next to him can both benefit or suffer.

Poh, who was standing next to Giustiniano, protested after Vijay was awarded the silver.

The Singaporean's claim was that he had shot a perfect 50 -– 10 in all round –- but that was overturned by the jury.

"There is a method, actually a trajectory, through which it can be found out which shot go straight and which comes from an angle," said India's national coach Sunny Thomas.

"This is very, very rare," said Thomas referring to the confusion.

Giustiniano, who had won gold in Victoria and Kuala Lumpur Games in 1994 and 1998 respectively, is officially the most experienced shooter in the the Australian contingent.

"I feel it's unbelievable and unfortunate. But I think something was wrong in my mind that failed me today," an upset Giustiniano said.