Final round stumble for Narang

Indian ace settles for fourth; Rajput takes fifth

Narang had qualified joint second for the final behind Russian Denis Sokolov, but went off the boil in the final as 2010 World champion Niccolo Campriani held his nerve to clinch the silver medal. As Narang and Indian compatriot Sanjeev Rajput were involved in a tense battle, seemingly for the bronze medal, Peter Sidi of Hungary came from behind to snatch third position, finishing just 0.5 points ahead of the Indian duo.

Sokolov backed up a top qualifying round score of 597 with 104.5 in the final for a total of 701.5, finishing well clear of Campriani (698.7) with Sidi a further 0.4 points behind. It was the 27-year-old Sokolov’s second World Cup title following his victory in the 2005 ISSF World Cup Final. Narang and Rajput were tied for fourth at 697.8, necessitating a shoot-off for the fourth position. Narang secured the fourth place by firing a 10.1 to Rajput’s 9.7, in spite of a problem with the cheek plate of his stock.

Results: Men: 10M air rifle: Denis Sokolov (Rus) 701.5 (597, 104.5) 1; Niccolo Campriani (Hun) 698.7 (596, 102.7) 2; Peter Sidi (Ita) 698.3 (595, 103.3) 3; Gagan Narang (Ind) 697.8 (596, 101.8) 4; Sanjeev Rajput (Ind) 697.8 (595, 102.8) 5.  50M pistol: Daryl Szarenski (US) 662.5 (565, 97.5) 1; Vladimir Isakov (Rus) 657 (562, 95) 2; Tomoyuki Matsuda 656.8 (559, 97.8) 3.

Women: 10M air pistol: Kira Klimova (Rus) 484.7 (384, 100.7) 1; Viktoria Chaika (Blr) 484 (386, 98) 2; Celine Goberville (Fra) 483.3 (382, 101.3) 3. 10M air rifle: Sonya Pfeilschifter (Ger) 503.5 (399, 104.5) 1; Beate Gauss (Ger) 503.1 (400 EWR, 103.1); 2; Jamie Beyerle (USA) 499.2 (396, 103.2) 3; Elania Nardelli (Ita) 499.2 (396, 103.2) 4. Shoot-ff: Beyerle (10.5), Nardelli (9.8).

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