Gold for Shreyasi Singh, Harvard student Varsha narrowly misses bronze

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Shreyasi Singh celebrates winning the gold medal in women’s Double Trap. (AP Photo)

Gold Coast, April 11: Shreyasi Singh has increased India’s medal tally at the 2018 Commonwealth Games to 23, shooting her way to a career-best gold in the women’s double trap final on Wednesday. Her successful performance thus gave India its second medal of the day, following the bronze won by shooter Om Mitharval in the 50m pistol men’s finals.
Coming agonisingly close to a bronze medal in her first appearance at the CWG was 23-year-old Varsha Varman, whose total score of 86 was one short of the bronze winner, Linda Pearson of Scotland.
At the Belmont Shooting Centre on day seven of competition at Gold Coast, Shreyasi dominated the very strong 10-member field to earn her second double trap medal after she won silver in the same event four years in Glasgow CWG. In her third trip to the quadrennial Games, the 26-year-old shot rounds of 24, 25, 22 and 25 for a cumulative score of 96 and then edged Australia’s Emma Cox in the shoot-off to upgrade her silver to gold.
A graduate of Delhi University’s Hans Raj College, Shreyasi won two medals at the 61st national shooting championship in New Delhi last year. (Agencies)