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Gagan Narang
 One of India's best bet in Beijing


Hyderabad,August 2008: Hyderabad based World No:8,Gagan Narang is one of India's best bet in Beijing.He will participate in the 10 metres air rifle,50 metres three position and 50 metres prone events in the shooting ranges.

Gagan Narang hit 102.7 in the menís 10m air rifle final to set a new meet record and claim the gold at the Commonwealth Shooting Championships in Melbourne in 2006.

Narang, who represented the country in the Athens Olympics, tallied 597 in the preliminaries for a total score of 699.7 to claim the individual honours.

1983 born,Gagan Narang became an indelible part of India's sporting history when he shot the first-ever gold medal for the hosts in the inaugural Afro Asian Games at the Hyderabad University shooting range.

The Indian Olympic 2008 contingent includes 57 athletes, a group spearheaded by ace long jumper Anju Bobby George. Shooting comes next with nine Indians, including Athens Silver medallist Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, gunning for glory. India will also be fielding its largest ever boxing team and of the quintet, Vijender looks the best bet, especially after his red hot form in recent past. Though the Indian swimmers are yet to make a splash, as many as four of them would be part of the field in Beijing. The number is same in tennis as well where Leander Paes, Mahesh Bhupathi, Sania Mirza and Sunitha Rao would have to live up to the expectation. The contingent will also include three grapplers and as many rowers. Two players each will represent India in table tennis, judo and badminton, while weightlifting and yachting will have one each.

Narang is one of the two athletes being funded by the Olympic Gold Quest. The last to qualify for Athens 2004, Narang was the first shooter to get to Beijing.

August' 2008

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