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Shooting Monday, 29 July, 2002, 11:49 GMT 12:49 UK
India's gold run continues
Jaspal Rana and Samresh Jung
Rana and Jung completed a hat-trick of golds for India on Monday

India took their seventh gold medal in three days of shooting competition with Jaspal Rana and Samresh Jung capturing the 25m standard pistol pairs title.

The victory completed a hat-trick of golds for India in Monday's action to follow the three they won on Sunday and one on Saturday.

Rana and Jung finished with 1130 points ahead of Australia's Philip Adams and Bruce Quick (1118 points) and the South African pair of Daniel Francois Van Tonder andFrederick Willem Van Tonder (1116).

Antonis Nicolaides
Cyprus took gold in the men's skeet pairs

Earlier on Monday, Anjali Bhagwat and Raj Kumari took India's sixth gold with victory in the 50m rifle three positions pairs.

They scored 1140 points to beat Susan McCready and Susannah Smith of Australia, who finished with 1131 points with Canada's Sharon Bowes and Cari Johnson taking bronze with 1123 points.

It was Bhagwat's second gold medal of the Games after winning the women's 10m air rifle pairs on Sunday with Suma Shirur.

Also on Monday, Mukesh Kumar and Bhanwar Lal Dhaka won the men's 25m rapid fire pistol pairs.

The Indian duo compiled 1141 points, ahead of South Africa's McDonald and Van Tonder (1131 points).

Australia's Bruce Favell and Bruce Quick (1127) took bronze while England's Peter Clark and Leslie Pearson finished fourth with 1110 points.

Kumar and Dhaka's performance was even more noteworthy as it came in an event that had been dominated by the Australians since 1990.

"It was not that easy to get gold. It was a big fight and everyone was doing well," said Kumar.

"Bhanwar and I were not trying to beat anyone. Our motivation is always to do our best and not worry about how other shooters are getting on."

India's gold rush began on the opening day of competition at the National Shooting Centre in Bisley with Abhinav Bindra and Sameer Ambekar winning the 10m air rifle pairs event.

On Sunday, clay pigeon shooters Ali Khan Morrad and Rajyavardhan Singh followed Bhagwat and Shirur's victory by taking gold in the men's double trap pairs.

Samresh Jung and Vivek Singh completed a hat-trick of golds with victory in the men's 50m pistol pairs.

In other action on Monday, Christos Kourtellas and Antonis Nicolaides secured Cyprus' second gold medal of the Games by triumphing in the men's skeet pairs.

Richard Brickell and Drew Harvey
The English pair had to settle for bronze in the men's skeet

The Australian team of George Barton and David Cunningham and England's Richard Brickell and Drew Harvey tied for second with 188 points.

However, Australia were awarded the silver on countback.

Brickell said: "I'm disappointed with the way it happened. It's always disappointing when you miss out on countback. It's a pity they don't have a shoot-off in the pairs like they do in the individuals."

Australia's Lauryn Ogilvie and Natalia Rahman took gold in the women's skeet pairs shooting, edging out England's Susan Bramley and Pinky Le Grelle by two points.

Canada's Linda Conley and Susan Nattrass finished third but because only three teams entered the event, only the gold medal was awarded.

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