Indian shooter Om Prakash Mitharwal won the bronze medal in the men’s 50 metre Pistol event at the 21st Commonwealth Games (CWG) in Gold Coast, Australia on Wednesday.

Defending champion Jitu Rai failed in leaving a winning mark as he finished a disappointing 8th in the same event.

Daniel Repacholi of Australia took the gold with a new CWG record of 227.2. Shakil Ahmed of Bangladesh took silver with 220.5.

Mitharval, who has also a bronze in the 10m air pistol event two days ago, shot 201.1 to finish third in the eight-man finals at Belmont Shooting Centre.

After being placed sixth at the end of first round of stage 1, Mitharval jumped to the top spot with 93.7.

The Indian maintained his lead with his next two shots but Repacholi went ahead by a point after two more attempts.

Mitharwal then found himself in the silver medal position with 148.3 following scores of 9.8 and 8.6, before a 10.2 and 10.0 placed him level with the home favourite.

He maintained the second position as he raced to 186.3, ahead by three points over Ahmed.

However, he could not continue the momentum and conceded lead in the following round with a 7.2 and 7.6, going down from gold to silver and finally settling for bronze.

 

(With inputs from agencies)