New Delhi: Ace shooter Gagan Narang on Thursday (November 02) clinched a silver medal in the 50m rifle prone event of the Commonwealth Shooting Championship. Meanwhile, Annu Raj Singh secured a bronze medal in the women’s 50m pistol competition. Both the shooters were making a comeback in the Indian team.Also Read - Shooting: Manu Bhaker And Javad Foroughi Win Air Pistol Mixed Team Gold in ISSF President's Cup
The 2010 CWG gold medallist shot a total of 28 in the finals to finish third. London Olympics bronze medallist Narang, who is appearing in his first major tournament since the 2016 Rio Olympics, shot a total of 617.6 in the qualification to end fourth. Also Read - 7 Shot Dead, 17 Injured in Houston Area Over Halloween Weekend
In the finals, he shot 246.3 to end just 1.4 points adrift the leader and settled for the second place. Also Read - Russian University Campus Shooting: Eight Killed, Several Injured; Shooter Neutralised
“It was a very windy day and I had to dig deep. It was a test of my patience as I had to release my shots at the right time,” the 2010 CWG Gold medal said.
Narang knows that there is a lot of work to be done ahead of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
“It was a test event for the Commonwealth Games next year and one of the things to test was the wind conditions and I did just that today. The final score still can be better and I know that I need to put in some more in that direction,” he added.
India won a gold each in the men’s 10m air pistol and women’s 10m air rifle events, respectively, yesterday. On the first day of competition, Heena Sidhu clinched a gold medal in women’s 10m air pistol event.
(With PTI inputs)