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Gagan Narang finishes seventh in 50m rifle prone at Baku World Cup

Baku (Azerbaijan): London Olympics Bronze medalist Gagan Narang, who reached his second World Cup Final in four days,finished seventh in the Men’s 50m Rifle Prone event on day five of the sixth and final International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup (Rifle/Pistol/Shotgun) here on Sunday.

It was Gagan’s fifth final in the event in the last two years and he has collected one medal from it, a Bronze which he won in Fort Benning last year.

He had also reached the finals of the event in the Granada World Championships in 2014.

On Thursday, the Indian ace shooter had also reached the finals of the Men’s 10m Air Rifle event and ended sixth- an event in which he had won the Olympic Bronze.

Gagan’s score of 621.1 in the qualifying round, which enabled him to become the seventh place shooter out of eight to make it to the finals, was below his best, but enough to get him another world cup final match-up before Rio. The highest score registered in qualifying was 624.7.

Gagan started the finals on a positive note, shooting into the second place after the first series of three shots. He was in fourth place till the eighth shot but a 9.9 in his ninth shot meant despite a 10.4 in the 10th, he had to bow out in seventh position.

The Gold in the event went to Denmark’s Torben Grimmel, who picked up his third World Cup Gold of the year in the tournament. Kenneth Parr of Germany won the Silver and Petar Gorsa of Croatia won the Bronze.

Sanjeev Rajput, the second Indian in the Men’s 50m Prone, finished 14th with an overall qualifying score of 617.6.

In the day’s other medal event, India’s Gurpreet Singh shot a score of 569 in the qualifying round of the Men’s 25m Rapid Fire Pistol to end in 26th spot.

Indian shooters have reached six finals in the Baku World Cup so far, with Jitu Rai giving India its only medal so far in the Men’s 10m Air Pistol on Saturday.

There are two more competition days left in the tournament with four sets of medals yet to be decided in them.(ANI)