Sanjeev Rajput added to India’s glittering gold tally as he took the top position with a Games record in the men’s 50m rifle 3 positions event on Day 10 of Commonwealth Games 2018 at Gold Coast, Australia.
After topping the qualification stage with 1180 points at the Belmont Shooting Centre, Rajput shot 454.5 to claim the gold medal in 50m rifle 3 positions. The 37-year old added to India’s shooting medal-tally, taking it to 16 which includes seven gold medals.
Sanjeev said after the medal ceremony, “For the qualification round, it was good, but I’m not happy with the finals. I’d say it was a weak final for me because I have been shooting 458 plus all the time, but this time it was weak in the kneeling position and I had to cover it somehow in the prone but, still again, not so good in the standing.”
This is Rajput’s first gold medal and the third overall at Commonwealth Games. Rajput bettered his finish from Glasgow Games 2014 where he won silver. At the Melbourne 2006 edition of the CWG, he had claimed a bronze. The Arjuna Awardee winner proved a point after National Rifle Association of India did not select him for Rio Olympics 2016.
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The second and third positions went ot Canada’s Grzegorz Sych and England’s Dean Bale respectively. While Sych shot 448.4 to claim silver, Bale bagged the bronze with 441.2.
In the qualification, Rajput scored 391 in kneeling, 399 in prone and 390 in standing, while his teammate Chain Singh ended up second with shots 389 398 and 379 for a cumulative score of 1166. In prone Rajput shot three 100s and a 99.
On shooting not being a part of CWG after Gold Coast 2018, Sanjeev said, “I don’t know how I feel, it’s up to the decision committee, but I think definitely the shooting should be there because many nations do really good at it, especially the Indians. So it depends if they can let us shoot again in 2022, it would be great. It means a lot to India.”
Chain Singh, the other Indian shooter in the fray, finished fifth with 419.1.