Anjali, Jaspal win silver at Afro-Asian Games

  • R Eswar (PTI), PTI, Hyderabad
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  • Updated: Oct 28, 2003 19:08 IST

Anjali Bhangwat put aside her indisposition to claim a silver medal in the women's 10m air rifle final, while Jaspal Rana made amends for Monday's below-par show to clinch a silver in the men's 25m Standard Pistol on the third day of the shooting events at the Afro-Asian Games here on Tuesday.

It was a creditable performances by Rana, who scored 574 points to secure the second spot behind Tack Park Byung of Korea who won the gold with 578.

China's Guohui Liu, whose gun malfunctioned in the first detail, took to bronze medal with a tally of 570.

On the other hand, Bhagwat, who was indisposed and vomitted twice before her event this morning, did not exert much but still managed to win the silver with an aggregate of 497.2, 1.4 points behind gold medal winner Kyong Un Park of Korea.

Bhagwat was leading by 0.2 points at the end of eighth shot in the final round where she had scored a superb 10.5 as against 9.6 by Park, who had three perfect scores and a 97 while the Indian recorded scores of 99 98 99 100 in the qualification event.

"I wanted to know how far I could go in this physical conditiion. I did not realise that I was leading after the eighth shot," Bhagwat said. "I do not care much for the gold medal loss but I am concentrating more on technique."

"It is just another day and another event. It does not matter much to me since it is not taken for record purposes by the International Shooting Sports Federation," she said.

Though it did not matter to Bhagwat, it was a sweet revenge for Park, who could garner only a bronze medal in the World Cup at Fort Benning in USA when Vedpathak won the gold.

In the standard pistol event, the decision of Technical Director, A Balashanmugam to change the 'backing target' for all the lanes helped Rana today.

Yesterday in the Centre Fire event, Rana could not concentrate due to back light and even had difficulty in spotting the target due to reflection of bright sunlight.

Rana, who was demoralised by his sixth place finish, came back strongly and was well focussed today.


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