CWG 2018: Ludhiana born Heena Sidhu becomes first double medalist

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The Hush Post: Ace Indian shooter Heena Sidhu clinched India’s third gold medal in shooting at the Commonwealth Games, 2018. Clinching gold in the 25 metre pistol event, the shooter also broke the Games record for the event.

With this, the shooter also became the first double medalist of the 2018 Games. Her first medal came in the 10 metre pistol event, where she won the silver medal. 16 year old Manu Bhaker, also from India, won the gold medal in the 10 metre event.

In the 25 metre event, Sidhu shot a final scrore of 38, ahead of Australian Elena Galiabovitch (35). The Bronze medal was won by Malaysian Alia Azahari (26).

Heena Sidhu won a gold in the 25 metre pistol event. This was her second medal at the CWG 2018
Heena Sidhu won a gold in the 25 metre pistol event. This was her second medal at the CWG 2018

This was Sidhu’s first medal at a major event in the 25 metre category, with most of her medals coming in the 10 metre category.

Talking about her win, the shooter said “I am exhausted, those are my thoughts on today’s performance. Thankfully, my trigger which has been giving me some trouble because of a tingling sensation was alright today. I didn’t feel that tingling too much.”

“The 10 metre air pistol final is a blur to me, I couldn’t feel my fingers during that. I have been undergoing physiotherapy for this problem but for today, I told my physio not to touch me. I just let it be and to my relief it went off well,” she further added.

Apart from Heena Sidhu and Manu Bhaker, Jitu Rai has won a gold in Shooting so far, finishing at first position in the 10 metre air pistol (men) event, and also created a Games record on the way.

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