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Commonwealth Games 2014: Bezzoubenko bags five gold medals, Indian shooters dominate


Patricia Bezzoubenko of Canada holds up her three gold and one bronze medals after the Rhythmic Gymnastics Individual finals at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre Precinct during the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, on Saturday. Photo: AP/PTI

Glasgow: Canada's Patricia Bezzoubenko was crowned queen of the Commonwealth Games on Saturday, completing a five gold medal haul in rhythmic gymnastics while the undisputed king Usain Bolt arrived for Jamaican relay duty.

Bezzoubenko had already won two gold in the team and all-around events and she added three more on Saturday in the clubs, ball and hoop individual disciplines.

The one gold that escaped her grasp was in the ribbon which went to Francesca Jones giving Wales their first gold medal of the Games.

The other gold to be won early on in the third day of competition went to Australia's Daniel Repacholi in the men's 10m air pistol and England in the triathlon mixed team relay with the Brownlee brothers Alistair and Jonathan to the fore again.

But the toast of the town in that event was third-placed Mick Gault of England who at 60 won a record-equalling 18th Commonwealth Games medal.

Apurvi bags gold
At the shooting range, the guns were booming loud for India as Apurvi Chandila clinched the gold medal while compatriots Ayonika Paul and Prakash Nanjappa bagged silver medals.

It was an interesting battle in the women's 10m air rifle event as Apurvi beat world No.8 Ayonika in an exciting battle to clinch the gold medal.

For Apurvi, the gold was her maiden international medal while Ayonika clinched her second international medal, having won the World Cup bronze last month in Slovenia.

World No. 17 Apurvi, who topped the qualifications with 415.6 points (a Games record), led in the finals right from the start and shot 206.7 points to give India second gold medal from shooting.

The 21-year-old Ayonika was fourth in the qualification round with a score of 413.2 points and clinched the silver with a score of 204.9 in the final round.

Both Apurvi, 21, and Ayonika were engaged in an interesting duel for the gold medal after Malaysia's Nur Sayani Mohamed Tayabi settled for the bronze medal with a final score of 184.4.

Going into the final shot, Apurvi was always in lead and she held her nerve against the higher ranked Ayonika to clinch the gold, which was also India's second from shooting.

Sinaporean Jasmine Ser, who was the defending champion, finished fourth with a final score of 163.2. He compatriot and World No. 5 Martina Lindsay Veloso, who was the highest ranked shooter in the competition, finished fifth with a final score of 143.4.

The two medals for India came shortly after Prakash Nanjappa won the silver in the men's 10m air pistol event. For Nanjappa it was a great comeback story after having been detected with Bell's palsy, a form of facial paralysis, last year.

Australia's Daniel Repacholi won the gold with 199.5 points from Nanjappa, at 198.2, while England's Michael Gault took the bronze with 176.5.

The 38-year-old Nanjappa was leading till the fourth round with a combined score of 100.9 but a poor fifth round - 17.7 - saw Repacholi go ahead of the Banglorean. Though he had a better sixth round than Repacholi, the Melbourne-born maintained his lead to clinch the gold.

Nanjappa, who gave up the sport between 2003-09 until his father encouraged him to take it up again, had earlier advanced to the final after topping qualification while compatriot Om Prakash narrowly missed out, finishing ninth.

With 580 points, Nanjappa was placed first, two points ahead of Englishman Stewart Nangle, who eventually finished fifth in the final. Om Prakash bowed out missing the cut by just one point, garnering 568 points.

Meanwhile, Australia's Annette Edmondson won the women's 10km scratch race gold. Fellow Australian Amy Cure won silver with Elinor Barker of Wales taking bronze.

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