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Shooting Sunday, 28 July, 2002, 14:01 GMT 15:01 UK
India's golden treble
Suma Shirur and Anjali Bhagwat
Suma Shirur and Anjali Bhagwat broke the Games record

India continued their spectacular run of shooting success with three more gold medals on Sunday.

That hat-trick of victories took their golden haul to four, overshadowing the efforts of England on the hosts' own Bisley range.

Anjali Bhagwat and Suma Shirur won the women's 10m air rifle pairs competition with a Commonwealth Games record score.

Clay pigeon shooters Ali Khan Morrad and Rajyavardhan Singh took gold in the men's double trap pairs.

And then Samresh Jung and Vivek Singh followed suit in the men's 50m pistol pairs.

England's lone gold of the day came in the final event, when Mike Babb and Neil Day won the men's 50m rifle prone.

England's Michael Babb (back) and Neil Day
England's Babb and Day topped the rifle rankings
Bhagwat and Shirur's victory matched that of Abhinav Bindra and Sameer Ambekar in the men's version of the 10m air rifle pairs on Saturday.

And like their male team-mates, they also broke the Games record in the process.

The Indian pair scored 795 points to beat Canada's Sharon Bowes and Jacklyn Mecredy by 14.

England's Louise Minett and Victoria Eaton took the bronze medal with 776 points.

Now India's golden shots believe they can win more medals in the individual events.

Morrad said of the team's success: "It will give us a psychological advantage when it comes to the other events later this week - but you still have to fight for every point."

And Bhagwat added: "Sumar and I have both been doing well - we've both shot good scores recently, so we expected it.

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This is a real boost for our morale
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Anjali Bhagwat
Gold medallist

"The men have done really well too - this is a real boost for our morale."

Babb and Day were also in record form in taking the rifle prize.

Their combined score of 1189 equalled the Games best set by South Africans Michael Thiele and Gavin Van Rhyn four years ago.

Babb's individual return of 598 was a range record at Bisley.

But Day's scoring slumped after a good start and he needed a closing 100 to grab the gold ahead of Thiele and Jaco Henn, with Malaysia's Mohd Erman Zakaria and Sabki Hj Mohd Din third.

He said: "I had to take a break, relax and focus on the task at hand.

"At one stage the heart rate was right up and I was having trouble with the steady aim but I pulled myself together."

Morrad and Rajyavardhan Singh pipped Australians Russell Mark and Michael Diamond on countback, with England's Richard Faulds and John Bellamy third.

New Zealand's Nadine Stanton and Terra Borrell
Stanton and Borrell struck gold for New Zealand
Jung and Vivek Singh beat another Australian pair, David Moore and Bruce Quick, while the bronze went to Daniel and Frederick Van Tonder of South Africa.

In the other events, Northern Ireland took their first gold of the Games when Martin Millar and David Calvert won the open full bore rifle pairs.

The duo had trailed England's Glyn Barnett and Jane Messer after Saturday's qualification.

But they reversed that form in Sunday's final, demoting the English pair into third place, with South Africa's Peter Bramley and David Dodds taking silver.

Terra Borrell and Nadine Stanton broke New Zealand's golden duck by winning the women's double trap pairs.

They finished ahead of Cynthia Meyer and Susan Nattrass of Canada, and the Australian pairing of Suzie Trindall and Suzanne Balogh.

Canada also picked up their first shooting gold in the women's 10m air pistol pairs.

Kim Eagles and Dorothy Hare denied India another gold when they pipped Shweta Chaudhary and Sheila Kanungo, with Australia's Annemarie Forder and Lalita Yauhleuskaya third.

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