Heena Sidhu shot with clinical precision and overcame a stiff challenge from Australian shooter Elena Galiabovitch to claim the gold medal in the 25m pistol event on Tuesday. Sidhu, who had won the silver medal in the 10m air pistol category on Sunday, created a new Games record with a total score of 38.
Sidhu expressed joy at having won her first individual gold medal at a Commonwealth Games.
— Heena SIDHU (@HeenaSidhu10) April 10, 2018
This is the third Commonwealth Games that Heena Sidhu is participating in. She won a team gold medal and a silver individual medal in the 10m air pistol event in the 2010 Games but none at the 2014 Glasgow Games.
Another Indian shooter, Anny Raj Singh, was eliminated after Series 6 but Sidhu continued to stay ahead of those who remained in the fray.
16-year-old schoolgirl Manu Bhaker, who had created a new Games record and won the gold medal in 10m air pistol on Sunday, was among those who congratulated Siddhu on Twitter.
Congratulations @HeenaSidhu10 for the stunning win in 25 meter Pistal shooting event at CWG 2018. I am learning a lot from you these days nd there are a lot more things that I have to learn from you in future….. Glad to be a part of CWG 2018 https://t.co/5ghYMo3erO
— Manu Bhaker (@realmanubhaker) April 10, 2018
Boxers Storm Into The Semis
Indian boxers stormed into the semi-finals of five different weight categories during the day, ensuring at least a bronze medal in all of these events.
The most absorbing contest was the 69 kg bout between Manoj Kumar and the crowd favourite, Australia’s Terry Nikolas. While the crowd cheered on the Australian, it was Kumar who landed some telling punches on his opponent to win 4-1 on points.
Four other Indian boxers also won their quarter-final bouts and have assured themselves of a medal by advancing to the semi-finals. They are Amit Phangal (46-49 kg), Naman Tanwar (91 kg), Mohammed Hussamuddin (56 kg), and Satish Kumar (91+ kg).
MC Mary Kom is also assured of a medal after winning the women’s 46-49 kg quarter-final on Sunday.
India In Men’s, Women’s Hockey Finals
The Indian women’s team secured 1-0 win over South Africa in a keenly-contested match to make it to the women’s hockey semi-finals. The teams were tied goal-less till the end of the third quarter. In the fourth quarter, the Indian forwards came up with a lovely move and penetrated deep into the Australian half.
Captain Rani Rampal managed to flick past the goalkeeper to put India 1-0 up. The Indians kept the South Africans at bay to seal the match.
Earlier in the day, the Indian team defeated Malaysia 2-1 to book their place in the men’s semi-finals.