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Shooters break records in Glasgow

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Four shooters broke five Commonwealth records on a windy final day of competition at Barry Buddon Shooting Centre.

In the Men's 25m Rapid Fire Pistol, David Chapman (AUS) won his first Commonwealth Gold medal in his third Games appearance, setting a new finals record of 23. Harpreet Singh (IND) took Silver on 21 and Games debutant Kristian Callaghan (ENG) ended with 17 for Bronze.

Singh was penalised one shot after going over the four-second time limit and never regained his composure. The windy conditions affected the Indian throughout his final five shots as he managed to only hit two targets. Meanwhile, Chapman drew on his experience to shoot four hits and take the Gold.

Daniel Rivers (ENG) claimed the Gold medal with a final Games record of 452.9 in the men's 50m Rifle Three Positions. Rivers would collect his second medal in this event and also announced England's first Gold medal in any Glasgow 2014 rifle or pistol events.

The 23-year-old convincingly beat the experienced Indian duo of Sanjeev Rajput (IND), who shot 446.9 for Silver, and eight-time Commonwealth Gold medallist, Gagan Narang (IND), who took Bronze. Rivers put in the hard work in the early stages of the 45-shot final, and stayed on top after all three stages - kneeling, prone and standing.

In the women's 50m rifle three positions, Jasmine Ser (SIN) broke the qualification and finals Games records on her way to the Gold medal. It was one better than the Silver medal she won in this event at the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games.

It was not easy for Ser, during her final Games record of 449.1 she was pushed all the way by Jen McIntosh (SCO) who eventually had to settle for Silver with 446.6. Lajja Gauswami (IND) took the Bronze, but it was SER's day and the diminutive shooter also set a Games qualification record of 581.

David Luckman (ENG) became the most successful shooter at these Games after winning a second Gold in the Queen's prize individual event. After three days of competition, the Englishman set a Games record of 401 hits with 42v (centre) shots. Behind him was Jim Paton (CAN) with Silver on 397-35v and Parag Patel (ENG) who claimed Bronze with 394-35v.

In the final shotgun event, the men's trap, Adam Vella (AUS) shot a perfect semi-final score on his way to winning his first individual Commonwealth Gold medal. He beat Aaron Heading (ENG) in the Gold-medal match by hitting 11 targets to the Englishman's nine. In the Bronze-medal match, Manavjit Sandhu (IND) beat Michael Diamond (AUS) in a shoot-off. Vella had previously won three trap pairs Gold medals.


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