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Commonwealth Games 2018: 10 things to know about India's latest Gold Medalist Heena Sidhu

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2.36K   //    10 Apr 2018, 12:55 IST

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Heena Sidhu with her medal

Heena Sidhu claimed Gold in Women's 25m Pistol when she became the last one standing in the event. Sidhu shot a total of 38, creating a new Games Record in the process. Australia's Elena Galiabovitch came in the second position, three points behind Sidhu. Malaysian Azahari finished third and won the Bronze medal.

Shooter Annu Singh was also in the same event but failed to win any medal, finishing 7th and getting eliminated in the process.

Sidhu claimed her second medal after she won the Silver in Women's 10m Air Pistol earlier in the competition. She has been India's one of the more decorated sportspersons and today, she only solidified her status.

Here are 10 things to know about the latest gold medallist-

1. Heena Sidhu was born in Ludhiana, Punjab and was instilled a love for shooting at an early age. Sidhu hails from a family with a background in this sport. Her father was a national shooter as well. Her uncle owns a guns business and is a professional gunsmith as well.

2. Doctor by day, shooter by night - Heena Sidhu holds a dentistry degree and was a Bachelor of Dental Surgery Graduate. She, however, switched to professional shooting and her decision has borne fruit ever since.

3. The right-handed shooter was awarded an Arjuna Award in 2014 by the then President, Pranab Mukherjee for her performances on a global level.

4. Destined towards shooting from an early age, Sidhu claimed her first international medal of note came in 2007 when she grabbed the bronze in 10m Air Pistol at the Asian Shooting Championships. Sidhu claimed her first ISSF World Cup medal two years later when she claimed Silver in the World Cup held in Beijing.

5. Sidhu won her first ISSF World Cup Gold medal in 2013, becoming the first Indian Pistol Shooter to do so. The next year, Sidhu broke the World Record in 10m Air Pistol event, with a final score of 203.8.

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6. In the 2014 World Cup in Fort Benning, U.S.A. she again claimed the Gold medal. As a result of her wonderful performances, she was given the no.1 World Rank.

7. Sidhu has taken part in two Olympic Games, in London and Rio but failed to finish in a medal position.

8. Sidhu married another Commonwealth Gold medalist shooter Ronak Pandit in 2013. Pandit has been her trainer and coach ever since.

9. Herbalife signed Sidhu as a brand ambassador in 2014. She was brought to the brand as a 'fresh face' and has been endorsing the brand ever since.

10. Sidhu pulled out of the 2016 Asian Gun Championships in Tehran as a sign of protest after the Women participants were told to wear a hijab. She opposed the thinking that girls and guns don't belong together.

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