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Shreyasi Singh, Mohammed Asab add to India's tally with silver, bronze

Sunday, 27 July 2014 - 11:01pm IST Updated: Sunday, 27 July 2014 - 11:27pm IST | Place: Glasgow | Agency: PTI

Young markswoman Shreyasi Singh clinched a silver medal while Mohammed Asab managed a bronze as Indian shooters continued their medal-winning feats on the fourth day of competitions in the 20th Commonwealth Games here today.

Shreyasi bagged a silver in women's double trap to give India their eighth medal from shooting, before Asab made it nine by finishing on the podium following a tense shoot-off for the bronze.

For both shooters, it was their first Commonwealth Games medal, with Asab winning it in his maiden appearance. For Delhi girl Shreyasi, she made up for the disappointment of failing to win anything in front of her home crowd fours years ago at the Games in the Indian capital.

The 22-year-old Shreyasi shot down a total target of 92 to bag the silver, two shots behind gold winner Charlotte Kerwood of England. Another Englishwoman Rachel Parish won the bronze with 91 points, after a shoot-off with Cynthia Meyer of Canada.

A not-so-impressive first round of 22 points saw Shreyasi trailing at the third spot after the third and penultimate round but the Delhi shooter recovered some lost ground in the final round to taste success at the Barry Buddon Centre. With Kerwood, in whose name the Commonwealth Games record of 106 points (at 2006 Melbourne) stands, struggling in the final round, Shreyasi was in with a chance to go for a shoot-off for the gold but missed the double target twice to settle for the white metal. Shreyasi had rounds of 22 24 23 23.

"I trained in Italy for some time before the Commonwealth Games and that has helped me. I would also like to thank the federation and the government," Shreyasi said.

The other Indian in the fray, 20-year-old Varsha Varman finished fifth with 88 points (22, 19, 24, 23). 

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