On day 6 of the Commonwealth Games 2018, Indian shooter Heena Sidhu won India’s 11th gold medal at the event this year when she beat her contenders in women’s 25m pistol event today (April 10) morning.
Since two months, shooter Heena Sidhu was trained in simulated adverse conditions like windy atmosphere or a noisy surrounding filled with disturbance – so that she can give her best even in worst conditions. Despite being trained extensively her coach and husband Ronak Pandit, Heena Sidhu – both may not have imagine the situation at Commonwealth Games when she had to shoot under extreme pressure in the qualifying stage to move forward and win a gold. During the qualifying stage, Sidhu was hit by an empty shell and could not take two shots, being credited zero for that.
During the two stages of 25m pistol event – precision and rapid fire rounds at Belmont Shooting Complex on Tuesday, Heena was placed on seventh position after the precision round. Situations got worse when she was hit on her arm by an empty shell – but after protests from her coach and manager, she was allowed to shoot again. Heena attempted the last 10 shots of her qualifying series alone with all the competitors and spectators watching her and was lifted up to third position in the qualifying list.
After gaining momentum in the qualifying round, Heena took over the lead from Australia’s Elena Galiabovitch in the third elimination round, following two fives and a four and then she was unstoppable. She kept adding to the margin to three in the next round (31-28) as Eleanor Bezzina of Malta bowed out in fourth place. Heena scored a four in the final round to the Australian’s three, winning with two shots to spare with a score of 38, which is a Commonwealth Games record. This was Heena’s second medal in the CWG 2018 after winning a silver in the women’s 10m air pistol two days earlier, where India’s teen shooting sensation Manu Bhaker had grabbed the Gold, shattering the games record.