Gagan Narang shoots to world record, wins world cup

November 5th, 2008 - 1:16 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Nov 5 (IANS) Putting behind the disappointment of the Olympic Games, shooter Gagan Narang won the gold in the men’s 10 metre air rifle event with a world record score in the World Cup Finals in Bangkok Wednesday morning.In a strong field dominated by Beijing Games medallists Chinese Zhu Qinan and Finn Henn Hakkinen, Narang shot a perfect 600 in the qualifying stage and 103.5 in the final for a world record score of 703.5.

En route to the gold, Narang broke the record of Austrian Farnik Thomas set in 2006 World Cup Final in Granada, Spain.

American Matthew Emmons bagged the silver with 702.5 (qualifying 598, final 104.5) and the bronze went to Zhu, who shot 702.3 (qualifying 599, final 103.3).

The 25-year-old Indian qualified for the event after he won a bronze in the World Cup in China earlier this year. He almost made it to the final round at the Beijing Games but eventually lost out on a count-back.

Qinan, a gold medallist in the Athens Olympics, won the silver in Beijing while Hakkinen bagged the bronze.

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