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Heena Sidhu secures Gold at Commonwealth Shooting Championships

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601   //    31 Oct 2017, 12:06 IST

Heena Sidhu
Heena Sidhu

What's the story?

Heena Sidhu continued her terrific form this year winning gold in the women's 10m Air Pistol event at the Commonwealth Shooting Championships, Brisbane, on Tuesday. She scored 240.8 in the final to beat Australian Elena Galiabovitch, who shot 238.2 to settle for a silver. The bronze medal went to Kristy Gillman (213.7), also of Australia. Her victory continues the much-anticipated domination by Indian shooters.

In case you didn't know...

India had sent a strong team of 43 shooters to dominate the Commonwealth Shooting Championship to be staged in Brisbane, Australia, from October 31 to November 6. India opened its campaign through Heena Sidhu, Harveen Srao and P. Shri Nivetha in women’s air pistol, in which Heena Sidhu has rendered positive results for India.

Heart of the matter

Earlier in the month, Sidhu, paired with Jitu Rai at the ISSF World Cup final in New Delhi, had won gold for India. The pair had finished with 483.4 points to beat France with 481.1. This was her third gold with Rai after the duo had claimed the gold badge in the same event at the ISSF World Cup in Delhi in February and ISSF World Cup Rifle/Pistol series in Gabala, Azerbaijan.

What's next?

Sidh has been on top form this year, which bodes well for the Indian shooting contingent, for the upcoming events. With big events like the Asian Games and the Commonwealth Games set to be held next year, Heena Sidhu will certainly be looking to notch up a few more medals to her name.

Author's Take

Heena Sidhu is a talented shooter, with a world record in 10m Air Pistol to show for it. Her biggest strength is her determination – in her own words, she aims to become the best shooter in the world and win an Olympics medal for India. Coupled with her intense training, improved trigger action and rising performances since the last Olympic Games, she will be a medal prospect to watch out for.

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