India wins 4th shooting gold medal at Commonwealth Games, leads all countries in the event (w/ gallery)

Published: July 28, 2014


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Sathish Sivalingam of India wins gold in the Men's Weightlifting 77kg category at Scottish Exhibition And Conference Centre during day four of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 27, 2014 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. Alex Livesey/Getty Images

DENNIS PASSA
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

GLASGOW — India won its fourth shooting gold medal of the Commonwealth Games when Jitu Rai won the 50-meter pistol event Monday.

Rai, ranked fourth in the world, broke the games record in the event. He finished ahead of countryman Gurpal Singh, with Daniel Repacholi of Australia earning the bronze.

“The more calm I was the better it would be for me, and in the end there was no tension or pressure at all,” Rai said.

Warren Potent of Australia won the men’s 50-meter rifle prone and Gagan Narang of India took the silver.

India leads all countries in shooting at the games with four golds, eight silver and a bronze medal.

In squash, world champion Nicol David of Malaysia, the gold medallist from New Delhi in 2010, successfully defended her women’s singles title with a 12-10, 11-2, 11-5 win over Laura Massaro of England in just 44 minutes. There was a brief stoppage in play in the third game when Massaro was hit in the face by David’s racket during a rally.

Later Monday, the men’s and women’s 100-meter races will be held in athletics, and Olympic champion Chad le Clos of South Africa will try to add the 100-meter butterfly to the 200 butterfly gold he won earlier in the pool.

Here are some other highlights Monday:

ROYALS IN THE HOUSE: Prince Edward, son of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, brought his family to the table tennis competition, watching Nigeria beat India 3-1 in a men’s team bronze medal match. “It’s a game that you need to sit close to in order to appreciate the speed and the skill,” he said, adding that he does not have a table at home. “But that was one of reasons why I got my children here, as an opportunity to introduce them to a couple of sports that they might not otherwise have known. So perhaps in the future.” Prince William and his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge, were also in the stands on Monday, taking in the preliminary rounds of the gymnastics competition.

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GOLDEN GREAVES: England’s Dan Greaves won the discus throw in a Paralympic event Monday at the main athletics stadium. The 31-year-old Greaves, who has a congenital foot defect, first won gold at the Paralympics after the Athens Olympics in 2004. At the Commonwealth Games, Paralympic events are held side-by-side with those for able-bodied athletes at the track and swimming pool, and are reflected in the medal standings. “This is my first multi-sport able-bodied games, and it feels so good to come away with something I’ve worked so hard for,” said Greaves, who once competed in an England junior team as an able-bodied athlete.

BAD BULLETS?: English grandfather Michael Gault missed out on a chance to win the most number of Commonwealth Games medals in history when he failed to qualify for the final of the 50-meter air pistol on Monday. The 60-year-old Gault, who is competing at his sixth games, had drawn level with fellow shooter Phillip Adams of Australia on the all-time list when he won his 18th medal on Saturday, taking bronze in the 10-meter discipline. “I wanted to give it a little bash and try to get the all-time record,” he said Monday after finishing 13th. “But unfortunately the bullets I used wouldn’t go into the middle of the target.” Gault will retire from competitive shooting after these games.

LOOKING AHEAD: On Tuesday, the swimming events conclude with the 1,500 metres and medley relays; at the track, the men’s 110-meter hurdles and decathlon and women’s 400- and 1,500-meter finals are held; and mountain biking makes its only appearance with golds to be contested in men’s and women’s cross-country races.

11:15ET 28-07-14

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