Heena Sidhu wins bronze, heartbreak for Manu Bhaker

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Heena Sidhu with other winners poses for photo after winning bronze medal in the 10m Air Pistol at the 18th Asian Games.

PALEMBANG, August 24: Heena Sidhu put behind a modest qualification to win her maiden Asian Games individual medal today, her bronze in the women’s 10m air pistol taking India’s haul at the Jakabaring Shooting Range to nine.
Sidhu came from behind in the finals and was just 0.1 from the lead after she produced a 10.8 on the 21st shot. Her next shot was a 9.6 and her overall score of 219.2 could only give her a bronze.
Sixteen-year-old Manu Bhaker was left disappointed again, this time in her main event, finishing fifth.
The gold went to China’s Wang Qian, whose 240.3 was a Games Record. South Korea’s Kim Minjung took the silver, aggregating 237.6.
It was another medal for Sidhu in a major event, having won the gold and silver in the 25m pistol and 10m pistol at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast. Bhaker had finished ahead of her senior teammate Sidhu at Gold Coast in the 10m event.
Bhaker could not meet the rising expectations but would be fired up to do her best at the upcoming World Championships. Her coach Jaspal Rana said Bhaker should be given more time.
“She is still very young. She needs to learn how to cope up with the pressure in big finals. The experience will come with time.
You need to be mature enough to be winning medals at this level or the Olympics,” Rana said.
India lose to Iran, settle for Silver medal in Women’s Kabaddi
India’s golden run in Kabaddi came to an end after losing the final match 24-27 to Iran on Friday.
India had to settle for Silver medal. India secured the first half with a close lead of 13-11 but Iran took the defending champions by surprise when they turned the game into their favour. (PTI)