Narang 'beats' world record, wins silver in Germany

Gagan Narang. Getty Images

Gagan Narang went past the 50m rifle prone world record at the International Shooting Competition of Hannover on Sunday but his effort fetched him only a silver. Since it's not an International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) event, the scores will not be considered official.

Narang bettered the record score of 249.8 points set by Japan's Toshikatu Yamashita at the World Cup in New Delhi in February. He fell 0.1 point short of gold medallist Karl Olssen's 250.1 points.

Qualifying for the eight-man, 24-shot final with 624.8 points, Narang put himself in contention for gold with a spectacular 10.8 on the 22nd shot, which saw him move up to 229.9, just ahead of Olssen's 229.8. But his next score of 9.9 allowed the Swede -- who registered 10.3 and 10.0 scores in the 23rd and final shots -- to take charge and the gold.

On Twitter, Narang dedicated his medal to mentor and sports psychologist BP Bam, who died in Nashik on Friday.

At the Rio Olympics, the 34 year-old Indian had failed to qualify for the final of the 50m rifle event, finishing 33rd in the qualifying round.