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Heena Sidhu wins gold in Commonwealth Shooting Championships

Heena Sidhu defeated Australia's Elena Galiabovitch with a score of 240.8 in the final.

Reported by: India TV Sports Desk, New Delhi [ Updated: October 31, 2017 20:02 IST ]
Heena Sidhu
A file image of shooter Heena Sidhu.Photo:PTI IMAGE

Shooter Heena Sidhu on Tuesday clinched the gold medal in the women's 10m Air Pistol event at the Commonwealth Shooting Championships in Brisbane. Heena defeated Australia's Elena Galiabovitch with a score of 240.8 in the final. Galiabovitch settled for silver with a score of 238.2 while Australian Kristy Gillman won the bronze with a score of 213.7.

Among other Indians in the fray, Deepak Kumar won a bronze medal in the 10m air rifle event. London Olympic bronze-medallist Gagan Narang finished fourth in the same event, while Ravikumar ended fifth. Narang shot 626.2 in the qualification to create Commonwealth record 

Heena's good show at the Commonwealth Shooting Championships came after she had won a gold medal at the ISSF World Cup final in New Delhi. She won the gold with Jitu Rai in the 10m air pistol mixed team event.

Earlier in May, Heena had won bronze in women's 10 air pistol event at the Grand Prix of Liberation Plaza Shooting Championships in the Czech Republic. 

Sidhu was strong through the day, topping qualification with a high score of 386, her best in international competition since the 387 she shot at the Asian Championship in Delhi two years ago. 

In the final, Sidhu opened up a gap of over two points after the first five shot series itself over her nearest rival and led throughout, nailing the title with a perfect 10.9 in the 23rd and penultimate shot. 

Elena Galiabovitch of Australia won the silver medal with a score of 238.2 to Heena's 240.8 while Kristy Gillman, also from the host country, won Bronze with 213.7 

India's Harveen Srao finished fourth in the final with a score of 194.1 while the third Indian, Shri Nivetha Paramanantham was the fourth finalist to be eliminated. She finished fifth with a finals score of 174.5 

In the men's 10m air rifle, Narang first shattered the Commonwealth qualification record to top qualification with a score of 626.2. Two other Indians, Ravi Kumar, in second with 625, and Deepak Kumar, in fifth with 620.3, qualified for the eight-man final. 

However, Australian teenager Alex Hoberg stole the show in the final, claiming gold with a score of 247.6 after the allotted 24 shots. 

His compatriot Jack Rossiter challenged him till the end to win Silver with 245.5. The Indians finished third, fourth and fifth with Deepak claiming bronze with 224.2. Narang shot 203 to finish fourth while Ravi finished fifth with a final round score of 182.2 

In the women's Skeet, India's Rashmi Rathore made the six-woman final with a qualification round score of 65 out of 75. 

She eventually finished sixth. Two other Indians, Maheshwari Chauhan and Sania Sheikh, shot 64 and 62 respectively to miss out on a shot at the medals.

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