India’s Gagan Narang settled down for the silver medal in the rifle 50m prone final of the International Shooting Competition of Hannover on Sunday. Karl Olsson won the gold.Also Read - Pullela Gopichand, Gagan Narang And Bhaichung Bhutia in Expert Committee to Review National Sports Code Draft

Narang scored 250, but was short of 0.1 points of Karl Olsson’s 250.1 in the eight-man final. Also Read - Want to Make Shooting Sport Affordable And Accessible to All: Gagan Narang

Narang dedicated the silver medal to sports psychologist and mentor, late Bhishmaraj Bam. Also Read - Shooting Not Being Part of 2022 Commonwealth Games is Not a Setback: Gagan Narang

The Indian shooter in the 22nd shot got an opportunity to win the gold medal with 229.9 points, while the Swede was at 229.8 points. But, 9.9 in the 23rd shot proved costly for Narang as Olsson fired a 10.3.

However, Narang recovered with 10.2 in the last shot, but a 10 was enough for Olsson to grab the yellow metal.

But, the scores of this event will not be considered as official as the Hannover event is not an ISSF event. Japan’s Toshikazu Yamashita’s record was broken according to the new rules, which came into effect on January 1 this year. Yamashita had scored 249.8 at the New Delhi World Cup in February.

With 624.8 points, Narang was fifth to qualify for the final. Alongside, Narang, Swapnil Kusale scored 626.1 to qualify fourth. But in the final, he managed to finish at fifth position.

Despite creating an unofficial world record Narang got only silver. “I am reminded of 1960 Rome Olympics when 400 meters Milkha Singh broke the world/Olympic record but got only the fourth position,” Narang said.

Bam had passed away after suffering a cardiac arrest in Nashik on Friday. Bam was a mentor to many national and international shooters and sportspersons, including Narang.