A dentist by Profession, Pistol shooter Heena Sidhu has won her second medal of the 2018 Commonwealth Games, taking gold in the women’s 25m pistol (Precision/Rapid) finals at the Belmont Shooting Centre on Tuesday. The 28-year-old – shot a CWG record 38 to cap off a dominant performance in the eight-member final.

In 2013, Sidhu received a Bachelor of Dental Surgery from Gian Sagar Dental College. She hails from the family of shooters (Father and Brother ) married to Ronak Pandit, also a pistol shooter. 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 has 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. 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 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. 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.
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