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Shooting Tuesday, 30 July, 2002, 13:15 GMT 14:15 UK
India make it eight
Jaspal Rana
Rana was disappointed with his performance

India fired their way to their eighth Commonwealth Games gold as Jaspal Rana and Mahaveer Singh triumphed in the men's 25m centre pistol pairs.

Rana successfully defended the title for the second time and took his gold medal tally for these Games to two with victory.

The pair won by the narrowest of margins, totalling 1150 points, just one clear of the Australian duo of David Moore and Bruce Quick.

Irshad Ali and Zahid Ali won bronze on 1142, Pakistan's first medal of the Games.

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I guess they can shoot better, but so can we
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Bruce Quick on Rana and Singh

Rana, who first won gold as an 18-year-old at the Games in Victoria in 1994, was disappointed with his performance despite the win.

He said: "I made some major mistakes but I don't think anyone wouldn't be pleased with gold."

Quick, who had earlier described the Indians as the clear favourites, also felt he and team-mate Moore could have improved their accuracy rate.

He added: "Maybe they (Rana and Singh) were a little over-confident. I guess they can shoot better, but so can we.

"But on the day, with the pressure of the Commonwealth Games medals at stake, that's always a great leveller."

Earlier at Bisley, Wales won their first gold of the Games as Ceri Dallimore and Johanne Brekke triumphed in the women's 50m rifle prone pairs.

Tuesday's third title on the range, the women's trap singles, was won by Canada's Cynthia Meyer.

England's Anita North (left) congratulates Canada's Cynthia Meyer
Anita North (left) was magnanimous in defeat in the women's trap

England's Anita North was second, while Susan Nattrass took bronze for Canada.

"I was hoping for gold in the individual but I'm very pleased with silver," said North, who also won silver in the women's trap pairs.

Australia's Linda Ryan and Lalita Yauhleuskaya were triumphant in the day's fourth event, the women's 25m pistol pairs.

They finished with a Games record total of 1150 points, ahead of the Malaysian pair of Pei Chin Bibiana Ng and Irina Maharani.

Tania Corrigan and Jocelyn Lees of New Zealand took bronze.

And in the men's 50m rifle three positions, Australia grabbed their second gold of the day, Timothy Lowndes and Samuel Wieland finishing with 2297 points.

The English pair of Jason Burrage and Christopher Hector took silver with Charan Singh and Subbaiah Airira Pemmaiah of India in third.

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