GOLD COAST, April 9: Jitu Rai underlined his status as one of India�s premier shooters by winning the 10m air pistol gold medal before Mehuli Ghosh settled for the women�s 10m air rifle silver by forcing a shoot-off with a perfect final shot of 10.9 in the Commonwealth Games today.
The World Championship silver medallist Rai shattered the Games record in the finals with a score of shot 235.1 to comfortably finish on top with compatriot Om Prakash Mitharval giving him company on the podium with a bronze medal.
Defending champion Apurvi Chandela added a bronze to India�s tally after finishing third in the women�s air rifle finals with 225.3. The air rifle finals witnessed an exciting climax as Ghosh, at 17 years of age, ensured a shoot-off with Singapore�s Martina Lindsay Veloso, the eventual gold medallist and one who displayed imperious form all along, and so was Ghosh.
Both Veloso and Ghosh shot a Games record 247.2 before the Singaporean had the last laugh with a 10.3 in the shoot-off as her Indian rival managed 9.9 at the Belmont Shooting Centre. � PTI