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Live Blog: Commonwealth Games 2018: Day 6
This is Heena’s first CWG individual gold medal – and second overall, after a team gold in 2010 – and second of the ongoing Gold Coast Games, after she claimed silver in the 10m air pistol event on Sunday. Overall, India’s shooting contingent have won eight medals in Australia.
Having remained in the top three during the finals, Heena moved into top spot with a sequence of 5, 5, 4 and 4 and then pulled marginally away from the next best, Australia’s Elana Galiabovitch, with final shots of 3 and 4.
Galiabovitch pocketed her second medal of the Games, having claimed bronze on Sunday in the 10m air pistol. Malaysia’s Alia Sazan Azhahari took bronze with a score of 26.
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Sidhu’s compatriot Annu Raj Singh finished sixth in the finals with a total score of 15. Annu had finished second in qualifying earlier today with a score of 584-13x and Heena one spot behind her with 579-21x.
Heena is coming off a successful 2017, in which she won three gold medals and another at the Commonwealth Shooting Championships. Paired with Jitu Rai, she won the 10m mixed team air pistol event at the ISSF World Cup in Delhi, the ISSF World Cup Rifle/Pistol series in Gabala, Azerbaijan and ISSF World Cup final. Individually, she won a gold medal in the 10m air pistol event at the Commonwealth Shooting Championships and bronze medals at the 10th Asian Championship and the Grand Prix of Liberation Plaza Shooting Championships in the Czech Republic.
Heena has made two trips to the CWG in 2010 – winning a gold in the team 10m air pistol event and silver in the individual 10m air pistol – and 2014 where she qualified for the 10m final but failed to leave a mark.
Outside of the CWG arena, Heena’s career graph includes several highs. In 2010 she won silver at the Guangzhou Asian Games; in 2013, at the ISSF World Cup Finals in Munich, she shot for a world record score that fetched her a gold medal; in 2014, she shot silver at the ISSF World Cup and added another feather in her cap when she became the first Indian female pistol shooter to scale the World No 1 ranking.