Continuing her good form this year, Heena Sidhu bagged gold in the Women’s 10m Air Pistol event at the Commonwealth Shooting Championships in Australia on Tuesday. She scored 240.8 in the final to beat Australian Elena Galiabovitch, who shot 238.2 to settle for silver. Kristy Gillman (213.7) of Australia claimed bronze.
India had more to celebrate as Deepak Kumar won a bronze in the Men’s 10m Air Rifle event. Ace shooter Gagan Narang shots 626.2 in the qualification of the Men’s 10m Air Rifle event to create a Commonwealth record but still finished fourth while another Indian participant Ravi Kumar finished fifth.
This is Sidhu’s second medal in an international shooting tournament in the last one week. On October 24, Sidhu and Jitu Rai won their first gold medal of the ISSF World Cup Final. The duo combined well to win the 10m air pistol mixed team event on the opening day of the ISSF World Cup at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Ranges in New Delhi to give India gold. The Indian pair finished with 483.4 points to beat France with 481.1.
It was Sidhu’s third gold with Rai after the duo had claimed the top spots in the same event at the ISSF World Cup in Delhi in February and ISSF World Cup Rifle/Pistol series in Gabala, Azerbaijan. Sidhu has won gold in the Commonwealth Games while Rai, too, is a Commonwealth and Asian Games gold-medallist.
The mixed team competitions were organised as test events in the World Cups held earlier this year and will be making their Olympic debut in the Tokyo 2020 Games.
The Indian duo shot consistently well to give the host nation a positive start in the prestigious tournament which is being for the first time in the country.