Former world number one shooter, Heena Sidhu, gave yet another impressive performance and bagged a gold medal in the 10m air pistol event at Asian Air Gun Championship in New Delhi. There were many other players who excelled at the tournament as well.
After male shooters made the country proud with their impressive performance at the 8th Asian Air Gun Championship, India’s female shooters also lived up to the high expectations by ending the competition on a winning note in New Delhi.
Former world number one, Heena Sidhu, performed exceptionally well and clinched a gold medal in women’s 10m air pistol event on Wednesday.
26-year-old Heena is former world number one (as on April 2014), and was India’s first pistol shooter to be ranked number one in the world. Another shooter, Shweta Singh, was not far behind and bagged a silver medal in the same category.
Heena shot 197.8 to win the top prize in the finals, while Shweta aggregated 197.0 to seal the second position. Yashaswini Singh Deshwal, who played her first international final, also gave a praiseworthy performance and stood at the fourth position.
The trio of Heena, Shweta and Yashaswini, also won the team gold in women’s 10m air pistol event by beating Sri Lanka.
While well-known shooters like Heena were clinching medals, shooters from the youth and junior category were also not far behind.
In the youth 10m air pistol, India’s Harshada Nithave won the individual bronze medal. Harshada along with Malaika Goel and Nayani Bhardwaj also won gold in the team event.
In the junior category, Nivetha Shri Paramanantham, Gauri Sheoran and Shreya Gawande bagged the top three prizes, respectively.
On the final day, India stood tall with a creditworthy medal tally of 17 medals including six gold, five silver and six bronze medals.
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