Tue, 31 Jul 2012 12:33:00 GMT | By IANS/PTI

Day 4: Shooter Gagan wins Olympic bronze

London: Ace rifleman Gagan Narang put India into the medal bracket by shooting a bronze in his pet 10 metre air rifle event even as his illustrious compatriot and defending champion Abhinav Bindra misfired at the London Olympics here Monday.

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Olympics: Shooter Gagan wins Olympic bronze

Narang, 29, participating in his third Games, had a total score of 701.1 (598 qualifying, 103.1 final) to finish third at the Royal Artillery Barracks range, triggering celebrations among the Indian diaspora here and the countrymen back home.

Narang, who missed the final round in Beijing Games on a countback, was in his elements. In the final round, he had a series of 10.7, 9.7, 10.6, 10.7, 10.4, 10.6, 9.9, 9.5, 10.3 and 10.7 to bring India's first medal give India its first medal from the London Games.

The gold went to Romanian Alin George Moldoveanu with a total score of 702.1 (599 qualifying, 103.1 final) and Italian Niccolo Campriani bagged the silver with 701.5 (599 qualifying, 102.5 final).

It was the third time in row that Indian shooters had won medals at the Olympics. Double trap shooter Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore won the silver in 2004, Bindra gave India a historic gold in Beijing, and now Narang has bagged a bronze in London.

Bindra, India's only individual Olympic gold medallist, failed to qualify as he shot 594 to finish 16th out of 47 contestants.

In the qualifying round, Narang shot perfect series of 100 in all the rounds except the third when he scored 98. He also shot 53 inner 10s.

Bindra said luck deserted him during the qualification round of the 10 metres air rifle event at the 2012 London Games here Monday.

"Time was running out and I had to take some risks. Needed a little luck for some shots and I didn't get it. I am disappointed, but love the sport, love shooting so am sure I'll continue. I think I did a reasonable job. I could have retired on a high after the Bejing gold but that would have been the easy way out," Bindra told reporters.

Narang's success has added to India's less than impressive medal count - which now stands at 21 comprising nine golds, four silvers and eight bronzes - in Olympics history.

India on day 4: Full results

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