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It's day of gold for shooters, wrestlers
Ajai Masand and Siddhanth Aney, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, October 05, 2010
First Published: 17:59 IST(5/10/2010)
Last Updated: 10:15 IST(6/10/2010)
Abhinav Bindra and teammate Gagan Narang show the gold medals they won in the 10-meter air rifle pairs event during the Commonwealth Games at the Dr. Karni Singh Shooting Range in New Delhi.

Five times in all on Tuesday, the tricolour was raised and the national anthem rang out from stadiums at opposite ends of Delhi.

From the Karni Singh Ranges to the K D Jadhav wrestling arena at the Indira Gandhi Stadium — where the shooting and wrestling events were held, respectively — the news of India picking up five golds in a day reverberated across the city, drowning out even the applause over India's dramatic first Test win against Australia in Mohali.

It was a rare great day for Indian sport.
 
Monday may have been a tale of missed chances, with weightlifters falling short of marks they had earlier set and having to stay content with silver and bronze medals, but Tuesday was nothing short of spectacular.

It started with Gagan Narang and Abhinav Bindra, India's top marksmen, blowing away the competition with their sublime shooting.

The duo won the country's first gold in the 10m rifle (pairs) event. They scored 1193, surpassing their own Games record set four years ago in Melbourne.

Not to be left behind, the little known women's pair of Anisa Sayyed and Rahi Sarnobat added another gold to the kitty.

They fought off the Australian challenge, coming through with a total score of 1156, another Games record. The icing on the cake at the ranges: two more silvers for India, leaving the opposition gasping for breath.

Where the shooters left off, the grapplers began their date with history. Looking for a perfect score, all three Indians in action on the first day of the Greco-Roman wrestling event sailed into the finals.

It was then a matter of how many golds and how many silvers.

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