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Saturday, 27 July, 2002, 13:36 GMT 14:36 UK

Indians bag Games record

India's Abhinav Bindra and Sameer Ambekar won their country's first medals of the 2002 Games with a record-breaking display of marksmanship.

The duo took gold in the men's 10m air rifle pairs event on Saturday with a new Commonwealth Games record of 1184 points from the six rounds.

That gave them victory by 20 points over Malaysia's Erman Zakaria and Hamelay Mutalib.

The English pre-event favourites, Chris Hector and Nigel Wallace, took bronze at the National Shooting Centre in Bisley, Surrey.

"I knew that if we shot well we would break the Games record"
Abhinav Bindra
Shooting gold medallist

Gold medallist Bindra said: "Both of us are good shooters, our averages are very high and I knew that if we shot well we would break the Commonwealth Games record."

Bindra was the youngest shooter in the Sydney Olympics, aged just 17, and last year won six golds in a row on the European rifle circuit.

Still only 19, he and his 21-year-old team-mate Ambekar also have high hopes of success in the individual events.

Hamelay Mutalib's silver medal gave the Malaysian a family double - his father took the same medal in the Kuala Lumpur Games four years ago.

Australia's clay pigeon-shooters took both golds on offer on the discipline's opening day.

Michael Diamond and Adam Vella won a closely-contested gold in the men's trap pairs, with Nessa Jenkins and Diane Reeves winning the women's version.

Diamond and Vella finished level on 187 points with England's Ian Peel and Chris Dean but took gold on the countback.

Wales' James Birkett-Evans and Michael Wixey were just a point further back in third.

In the women's event, Jenkins and Reeves won by one target from England's Lesley Goddard and Anita North.

Canada's Susan Nattrass and Cynthia Meyer took the bronze medal in the five-team event.


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