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Kazakh shooter records 600/600; Sandhu loses gold in tie-shoot

The Chinese domination continued in skeet shooting as Asian Champion Jin Di won the gold with a tally of 148/150.

othersports Updated: Oct 27, 2003 21:04 IST
R Eswar (PTI)
R Eswar (PTI)

World Champion Olga Dovogun of Kazakhstan recorded the magical score of 600/600 to win the women's 50m sport rifle prone gold while Manavjit Singh Sandhu lost in the tie-shoot to settle for the silver in the men's trap in the shooting competition at the Afro-Asian Games here on Monday.

India failed to win their second gold medal after Gagan Narang's effort in men's 10m air rifle yesterday. The hosts other two medal winners on the second day of the competition were Deepali Deshpande (silver, women's 50m rifle prone) and Anwar Sultan (bronze, men's trap).

But the closest of all contests was the nerve wracking men's trap final where Sandhu settled for the silver medal losing to China's Asian Games Champion Li Hui 6-7 in the tie-shoot.

All the six finalists went into the final recording identical scores of 117 and at the end of the final round of 25 shots three shooters Hui, Sandhu and Anwar Sultan were tied on 141 points scoring 24 each in the final.

In the tie-shoot that followed Anwar Sultan went out early but Hui and Sandhu went level till 6-6. Hui missed the next try but the Indian failed to keep his nerve missing his next shot.

Lui then went ahead 7-6 but Sandhu once again missed his bird gifting the gold to the Chinese.

The Chinese domination continued in skeet shooting as Asian Champion Jin Di won the gold with a tally of 148/150. He was followed by Qatar's Masoud Hamad (142) and Alexei Ponokarev of Kazakhstan (139) who won the silver and bronze medals respectively.

Jaspal Rana disappointed in the men's 25m centre fire pistol finishing a poor sixth scoring 575 points. The Indian said he could not concentrate because of "reflection" on his side mirror.

The gold went to Vietnam's Tuong Nguyen Manh who tallied 584/600. Korea's Taek Park Byung (583) and Hak Lee Sang (580) took to silver and bronze medals respectively.

Dovogun stole the limelight in women's 50m rifle prone with an amazing performance that saw her recording perfect scores of 100 in each of the six rounds to tally 600/600.

However, the Kazakh's feat would remain an unofficial world best as the competition here is not recognised by the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) for official records.

The rare feat by Olga will be written in letters of gold the Afro-Asian games annals. The 32-year-old had equalled the world record mark of 587 twice last year.

Deepali Desphande took the silver tallying 588 points followed by Korea's Ah Hyun Kong (587) who won the bronze medal.

In the men's 50m free rifle prone, South Africa's Jaco Henn managed to claim the gold by a margin of 0.2 points. Henn tallied 694.3 against 694.1 by China's Weiyi Wang.

Fred Senore, also of South Africa, settled for bronze with a total of 693.4.

First Published: Oct 27, 2003 21:04 IST