first_imgThe sight of Gagan Narang kissing his golden gun is one of the iconic images of the 2010 Commonwealth Games.The Hyderabadi ace shot down four gold medals, then won two silver medals at the subsequent Asian Games and was finally honoured with the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna last year.Narang’s journey to the London Olympics began on that fateful August 11 in 2008. As Abhinav Bindra stood on the top of the air rifle podium in Beijing, Narang, who missed out on the final by a point, vowed to match the exploits of his teammate and rival.Following the Olympics, Narang shot a new final world record of 703.5 in the World Cup Finals in Bangkok, including a perfect 600 out of 600 in qualification. This was only broken by Chinese legend Zhu Qinan late last year.Thereafter, medals just kept coming, culminating in a 10m air rifle bronze at the 2010 World Championships in Munich and the rich haul at the back-to-back extravaganzas in New Delhi and Guangzhou. He beat Bindra both times. In fact, had the CWG not been unrecognised by the International Shooting Sports Federation, Narang’s score of 703.6 would’ve been his second world record.Last year, a knee problem limited his participation to just one World Cup, where his performance wasn’t noteworthy. Since then, Narang has been on the comeback trail, but has kept himself among the two best Indian shooter in each of the three rifle events – 10m air rifle (his main event), 50m rifle 3 positions and 50m rifle prone.Narang has been shooting high scores in all the World Cups this year, but a highest position of ninth means he has been keeping some of his energy in reserve. If he manages to give his best in London, he can return with at least one gold medal.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments LATEST STORIES PBA: San Miguel dumps Meralco for back to back wins PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Jitmuangnon then used the third round to put Khaled in his place with aggressive striking the Tunisian had no choice but to focus on defending.Rodtang Jitmuangnon (white) taking on Fahdi Khaled in the muay thai flyweight division of ONE Super Series. #ONEChampionship— Bong Lozada (@BLozadaINQ) January 25, 2019In a clash of ONE debutants, Reinier De Ridder ended his fight against Fan Rong early with a first-round submission win in the middleweight division.ADVERTISEMENT US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Fahdi Khaled (L) vs Rodtang Jitmuangnon in ONE: Hero’s Ascent. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Rodtang Jitmuangnon scored a unanimous decision win over Fahdi Khaled in the Muay Thai flyweight division of the ONE Super Series in the ONE: Hero’s Ascent Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.Thailand’s Jitmuangnon was aggressive early in the fight, landing his strikes at will and taunting Khaled along the way, which the Filipino fans loved.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town The two engaged at the start of the match but it was De Ridder who got into a dominant position when the action got into the canvas.De Ridder (10-0) then positioned himself for a D’Arce choke that put Fan (10-2) to sleep 1:51 into the bout for his 10th straight win.Japan’s Hiroki Akimoto took a convincing unanimous decision win over Australia’s Josh Tonna in the flyweight division of the ONE Super Series kickboxing event.Josh Tonna (left) faces Hiroki Akimoto in the kickboxing event of ONE Super Series. #ONEChampionship— Bong Lozada (@BLozadaINQ) January 25, 2019The two started off firing in the first round with both sending each other to the mat to score early knockdowns.It was Akimoto, however, who sustained his offense as he sent Tonna down twice in the third round.To open the undercard, Bangpleenoi Petchyindee Academy took a unanimous decision win over Brown Pinas in the featherweight division in the Muay Thai event of ONE Super Series.Despite being called for two low blows, two in the first round alone, Academy was still able to earn the judges’ nods with a dominant striking display. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Khaled came alive in the second round but Jitmuangnon was quick to recover to end the round with the tempo on his side. MOST READ The Filipino crowd loving Jitmuangnon’s energy and antics. #ONEChampionship— Bong Lozada (@BLozadaINQ) January 25, 2019FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starslast_img read more