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Commonwealth Games 2018: 10 things to know about latest Indian Gold medalist Shreyasi Singh 

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756   //    11 Apr 2018, 12:37 IST

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Shreyasi Singh became the 12th Indian athlete to secure a Gold medal at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. Singh won the Gold medal defeating Emma Cox in a shoot-off.

India's Varsha Varman also participated in the same event, finishing fourth, a point behind eventual Bronze medallist Linda Pearson of Scotland.

Singh won her second medal in the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games with her first medal coming four years earlier in Glasgow. She finished behind England's Charlotte Kerwood in Women's Double Trap event in 2014. Singh will be delighted to go one better this time and claim the Gold medal.

Here are 10 facts about Shreyasi Singh that you might want to know-

1. Singh was born in New Delhi on 29th August 1991. Her Father Digvijay Singh and Grandfather were both presidents of the National Rifle Association of India. Digvijay Singh, a union minister in his time, served as the President of the NRAI for a period where Indian shooting really took off. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and Abhinav Bindra both won Olympic medals during his tenure.

2. Olympic medallist and current Sports minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore has been a big influence for Shreyasi. Singh looks up to him and even participates in the same event as Rathore's.

3. Shreyasi Singh participated in the 2010 New Delhi Commonwealth Games, just months after her father passed away. She, however, got over her personal loss to finish 5th and 6th in Singles and Team Double Trap events.

4. In the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, Shreyasi Singh finished 2nd and claimed Silver, behind England's Charlotte Kenwood, in the Double Trap event despite nursing an injury in her back.

5. Singh's Grandfather was the reason behind her career choice. Kumar Surender Singh wanted someone in the family to pursue sports and Shreyasi made his wish came true when she chose shooting as a career option.

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6. Shreyasi wants to continue her great run of form in the international competitions. Her target is to win an Olympic medal for India at the 2020 Tokyo Commonwealth Games. She'll be confident heading to Japan after her performance in Double Trap at this year's Commonwealth Games.

7. Singh's father was her hero growing up. She believes her father taught her to be a better person. Singh fulfilled her late father's dream when she won Silver at the 2014 CWG.

8. Singh's pre-match ritual involves stretching and listening to music. Whatever she does sure seems to have a positive effect as she brought home her second medal of the commonwealth games.

9. Singh did her education from Delhi University, studying arts at the Hindu college. She later did MBA from Manav Rachna International University.

10. The Bihar Government awarded Shreyasi a cash prize of Rs. 11 Lakhs, thanks to her performance at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

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