Heena Sidhu bags gold, India shine

Former world No. 1 Heena Sidhu clinched the gold medal in women's 10m air pistol at the 8th Asian Air Gun Championship, to end India's campaign on a winning note, here on Wednesday.

  • Published 1.10.15
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Shweta Singh,Yashaswini Singh Deshwal and Heena Sidhu after winning the team gold in 10m pistol

New Delhi: Former world No. 1 Heena Sidhu clinched the gold medal in women's 10m air pistol at the 8th Asian Air Gun Championship, to end India's campaign on a winning note, here on Wednesday.

India also earned a silver medal, as Shweta Singh stood second in the day's marquee event, ahead of bronze medallist Seon A Kim of Korea.

Having topped the qualification with a score of 387 alongside another young Indian shooter Yashaswini Singh Deshwal, former world champion Heena shot 197.8, to win the top prize in the final. Shweta aggregated 197.0, while Kim managed 175.8.

In her first international final, Yashaswini finished a creditable fourth after shooting 155.3. India, thus, won an impressive haul of 17 medals, including six gold (two in individual senior), to finish as toppers in the continental event, which lost some sheen after the pull-out of powerhouse China, and Korea's decision to not send No. 1 pistol shooter Jin Jong-oh. India bagged five silver and six bronze medals.

In the women's 10m air pistol (junior), Nivetha Shri Paramanantham, Gauri Sheoran and Shreya Gawande bagged the top three prizes, respectively.

In the youth 10m air pistol (youth), India's Harshada Nithave won the individual bronze medal, while she combined with Malaika Goel and Nayani Bhardwaj to claim the team gold in the event.

The trio of Heena, Shweta and Yashaswini won the team gold in women's 10m air pistol ahead of Sri Lanka.

In the overall standings, Iran took the second place with 12 podium finishes, including six gold and five silver medals, followed by Taipei, winning one gold, two silver and as many bronze.

In the day's much-awaited event - women's 10m air pistol - Heena got off to a terrific start firing a 10.7. But it was Shweta who was in lead after the first three shots with two 10s, compared to modest 9.8 and 9.3 by Heena. (PTI)

 

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