Army man beats world champion Gagan Narang to win shooting gold

January 7th, 2009 - 4:28 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, Jan 7 (ANI): Naib Subedar Surendra Singh Rathod of the Army Marksmanship Unit (AMU) bagged the first individual gold medal at the 52nd National Shooting Championship by defeating his nearest rival Gagan Narang, who also happens to be the current 10 Metre Air Rifle world record holder.

Rathod scored a card of 592/600 and scored 102.7/109 in the finals to beat Narang at the championship being held at Thodupuzha Kerala from January 4-17.

Gagan Narang eventually finished with a bronze medal scoring 591 /600 and 100.5/109 in the finals. Joydeep Karmokar of the Railways with a total score of 693.0 won the silver medal.

The AMU Team in the same event also bagged the team gold medal with a collective score 1763/1800. The Team comprised of Rathod (592), Havaldar Sushil Ghaley (586) and Havaldar Hariom Singh (585).

The first event was 50 Metre Free Rifle Prone Posn (Men) wherein two individuals of the Army Marksmanship Unit (AMU) made it to the finals. (ANI)

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