Heena Sidhu adds third gold to India’s shooting kitty in CWG

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Heena Sidhu, centre, shot a final score of 38, two of them perfect fives, to claim the top honours ahead of Australian Elena Galiabovitch, left. The bronze medal went to Malaysia’s Alia Azahari.

Gold Coast/Brisbane, April 10: Heena Sidhu picked up India’s third gold medal in shooting at the ongoing Commonwealth Games, finishing on top in the women’s 25m pistol event and also breaking a Games record in the process, here on Tuesday.
The 28-year-old Sidhu shot a final score of 38, two of the series being perfect fives, to claim the top honours ahead of Australian Elena Galiabovitch (35). The bronze medal went to Malaysia’s Alia Azahari (26).
This was Sidhu’s second medal at the ongoing Games after having claimed a silver in the 10m air pistol event behind 16-year-old compatriot Manu Bhaker. Incidentally, this is her first major medal in the 25m pistol event with most of her other podium finishes being in 10m air pistol.
“I am exhausted, those are my thoughts on today’s performance,” Sidhu quipped while speaking to PTI after her gold. Annuraj Singh finished sixth after being eliminated in the second stage of the same event. Her final score was a disappointing 15.
Sidhu, however, was in terrific form after qualifying third with a score of 579 despite admitting to struggling with her trigger finger owing to a nerve problem. (PTI)