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Another field day for Indian shooters
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Winners of the men’s 50m rifles 3 positions event Chain Singh of India (centre-gold), Gagan Narang (leftsilver) and SMM Samarkoon of Sri Lanka (right-bronze) in the 12th South Asian Games at the Kahilipara Shooting Range in Guwahati on Sunday.–UB Photos
 GUWAHATI, Feb 14 - Chain Singh, who has already earned the Rio Olympic berth, emerged as the star shooter picking up his third individual gold medal in the 12th South Asian Games. He won the men’s 50m rifles 3 positions event as India yet again dominated the range at Kahilipara here today.

 Chain scored a total of 453.3 points to win the gold as he once again pushed behind his senior team-mate Gagan Narang, who also earned a ticket for Rio. Narang scored 450.3 points and settled for a silver while Sri Lanka’s SMM Samarkoon got the bronze medal in this event.

On the penultimate day of the event, two gold medals were on offer and the Indian shooters picked up both to continue their sweep in the Games.

Chain had earlier won individual gold in 50m rifle prone and 10m air rifle. In fact, he won six gold medals as India grabbed all the three team events he took part in.

Narang, who won a bronze in the London Olympics in 10m air rifle, took part in all the three rifle events but failed to pick up a gold at the SAG.

Narang won a silver in 50m rifle prone and a bronze in 10m air rifle before settling for a silver in 50m rifles 3 positions today.

Later Chain said the performance here at the SAG will boost his confidence in the Rio Olympics.

“I still need to improve upon the scores if I have to do well in the tough top level competitions ahead of the Olympics. But these three individual gold in the SAG will surely boost my confidence,” Chain said.

“I clinched three gold and this performance will give me confidence in the preparation for the Olympics.” Chain said.

He said he had earlier beaten Narang but this was the first time he had beaten him thrice in a tournament.

Today, Chain established a lead of 8.2 points over Narang by the end of the kneeling position and maintained it to the end of the prone round, though the gap was reduced to 5.8 points.

He had a few poor shots in standing position, including a shot of 8.7, but his earlier lead was good enough to eventually clinch the gold.

The Indian trio of Chain, Narang and Surendra Singh Rathod bagged the gold in the team event with a total score of 3490 while Sri Lanka (3431) and Bangladesh (3398) took the silver and bronze respectively.

After today’s clean sweep, India’s total medals tally in shooting rose to 21 gold, 9 silver and 8 bronze. Bangladesh are at the second position with 1 gold, 2 silver and 3 bronze.

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