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- Friday, December 28, 2012 - From Print Edition


KARACHI: Punjab’s young skeet shooter Usman Chand created history in the ongoing National Games by winning gold medals in both skeet and double trap.


He may achieve another milestone if he wins gold in trap event in which he was leading with three birds on Thursday.


Usman first won gold in skeet event by scoring 149 out of 150 and then he clinched gold in double trap event by scoring 154 out of 200.


On Thursday, in trap event, he had a lead of three birds against renowned trap champion Usman Sadiq of Sindh.


“I am feeling great. This was never done by any shooter in the 32 years’ history of the National Games,” said Usman while talking to ‘The News’.


Usman said he hoped to win the gold in trap event on Friday.


This is the best performance of Usman in the National Games. In the last games he stood fourth.


He said that he had benefited much from the training he did recently for the 2nd Asian Shooting Championship in India. “I could not go for the championship, but the training I did for that has really helped me,” he added.


He said the absence of the armed forces’ units in the games did not matter much. “Army have very good players in double trap and they have been winning gold for years. But the gold I won on the score was unachievable even if Army participated in the event,” he reasoned.


In trap and skeet, he added, Sindh had a great history of winning gold medals. “But this year I grabbed gold in skeet and now I only have to beat Usman Sadiq to clinch gold in trap,” he added.