Published: Wed, April 11, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

CWG 2018: Heena Sidhu doubles her tally with 25m pistol gold

CWG 2018: Heena Sidhu doubles her tally with 25m pistol gold

Decorated shooter Heena Sidhu has won her second medal of the 2018 Commonwealth Games, taking gold in the women's 25m pistol (Precision/Rapid) finals at the Belmont Shooting Centre on Tuesday.

India's Heena Sidhu celebrates after winning gold in the women's 25m pistol event. Making her Commonwealth Games debut in Gold Coast 2014, Manu Bhaker won the gold medal with 240.9 points getting better of the experienced countrywoman Heena Sidhu who had to settle for the silver medal.

The eight-member final at the Belmont Shooting Centre saw the 28-year-old in her best form, as her score also contained two ideal fives, the complete sequence being 5, 5, 4, 4, 3 and 4, besting Australia's Elana Galiabovitch after being neck and neck during the last two rounds.

This was India's 11th gold medal in the CWG 2018.

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However, Sidhu made up for it by shooting with precision and consistently in the 25m Pistol event to not just stand on the top of the podium but also shattered the Games record. Elena Galiabovitch of Australia scored 35 to take silver while Malaysia's Alia Sazana Azahari got bronze with 26. Australia with 109 medals, including 41 gold continues to top the tally followed by England with 69 medals, including 23 gold.

Anas, first Indian to compete in a non-lapping athletics event at Commonwealth Games since 1958, finished fourth in the 400m Final. India is placed 3rd in the tally with 20 medals comprising 11 gold, 4 silver and 5 bronze. The 18-year-old sprinter-turned-400m clocked a personal best time of 51.53 seconds, improving on the 51.97 seconds that she had clocked on debut in the event in the Federation Cup in Patiala last month. The men's table tennis team clinched the ninth gold for India. Narang, who qualified third for the final with a score of 619.4, went out after the first stage of elimination. Gagan was second from bottom in the eight-man final with 142.3.

Sidhu, however, was in terrific form after qualifying third with a score of 579 despite admitting to struggling with her trigger finger owing to a nerve problem. Her final score was a disappointing 15.

Her coach, husband and the Indian shooting team's manager Raunak Pandit was by her side as she spoke and when asked what went into maintaining consistency at the highest level, Sidhu turned to her better half for answers.

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The shooting range was expected to be abuzz with the Indian anthem ringing when Chain Singh and Gagan Narang qualified for the 50m Rifle Prone event.

India on Tuesday defeated Malaysia 2-1 in a Pool B match of the men's hockey tournament at the 21st Commonwealth Games (CWG) here on Tuesday.

As India's campaign in the weightlifting ended and wrestlers yet to take the mat, the medal add on Tuesday was slowed down - bar the absence of Heena and Sachin. She had also won a silver at the Delhi Games in 2010. Both goals for India came via Harmanpreet Singh. On the fifth day of the games, ace shooter Jitu Rai scored the first gold in the 10-meter air pistol event, while Om Mitharval claimed bronze for the same event.

The women's team played South Africa later in the evening and came away with a 1-0 win courtesy of a goal from Rani in the opening minutes of the fourth period.

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