Omkar, Vijay bag gold; Gagan and Imran join the party too It appears India’s record of 16 shooting gold at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games will obliterated soon. On Friday, Omkar Singh and Vijay Kumar clinched gold in 10m air pistol and 25m rapid fire pistol events respectively. This was Omkar’s third gold of the Delhi games; for Vijay, it was his second.Another gold came through the men’s 50m rifle 3 position pair of Gagan Narang and Imran Hassan Khan. In the men’s trap pairs, Manavjit Singh Sandhu and Mansher Singh combined to shoot an unprecedented 197 birds, only for Australia to pip them to the gold by one bird.Add to this a bronze won by Gurpreet Singh in rapid fire, and India’s tally after Day 4 of the nine- day shooting event stands at 10 gold, seven silver and a bronze.Narang, who is targeting six gold medals, won his third in as many events, thanks to an outstanding 397/ 400 in the prone round. He then shot identical 385s in the standing and kneeling rounds, while Khan shot 395, 381 and 382 to help India break the 16- year- old Games record of 2,300 points with 2,325.In the meantime, Vijay had broken his own record of 581 by shooting 583 in qualification for rapid fire. Gurpreet shot 569 to lie third, heading into the final. Vijay then shot an excellent 204.5 to beat his final record from Melbourne as well, setting 787.5 as the new benchmark.Despite one off- target shot, Malaysia’s Amir Hasan held on for silver, ahead of a surging Gurpreet.advertisementNavy’s Omkar equalled Samaresh Jung’s qualification record of 584 in 10m air pistol to be four points clear of Singapore’s Bin Gai and then shot 97.8 in the final to finish with three gold and a silver in his four events. Gurpreet finished fifth.There was disappointment for India in women’s trap pairs as they could only finish fifth. Australia won the gold, England got the silver and Canada took bronze.But the real battle of the day was in the men’s trap pairs where Australia’s Michael Diamond and Adam Vella, touted as the best trap team in the world, took on India’s vastly experienced Manavjit and Mansher.Mansher shot a brilliant 99 while Manavjit, who had shot 23 in his first round, went perfect over the next three series to finish with 98 and help India get to 197, a Games record.Vella also finished with 98, but two- time Olympic champion Diamond made it a perfect 100/ 100 to help Australia edge ahead.After the match, Mansher paid rich tribute to Diamond’s performance.”It had to be someone like Michael to beat us because nobody else in the world manages to do what he does regularly. This is what happens in shooting – you do so well and yet lose because somebody else has had a stellar day,” Mansher told Mail Today. The shooter, backed by the National Sports Development Fund, defended his teammate Manavjit, saying his was no mean score either.”Yes he did shoot 23 in the first round but then again, he shot 75 straight thereafter. It was a heavy load to carry and he did magnificently,” Mansher said.