Heena Sidhu ended the wait for gold medal on sixth day of the Commonwealth Games 2018 as she won the gold in women’s 25m air pistol event in Gold Coast on Tuesday. This was India’s first medal — a gold — of the day and 20th medal overall. This is Heena’s first major medal in the 25m pistol event with most of her other podium finishes coming in 10m air pistol.
Heena, who had already won a silver medal in the women’s 10m air pistol event on Sunday, clinched her second medal, improving from her silver. He broke the Commonwealth Games record of 38 points. Elena Galiabovitch of Australia finished second with 35 points and took the silver. The bronze medal went to Malaysia’s Alia Sazana Azahari who managed to shoot 26 points.
“I am exhausted, those are my thoughts on today’s performance,” she said to PTI after the gold medal win. “Thankfully, my trigger which has been giving me some trouble because of a tingling sensation was alright today. I didn’t feel that tingling too much,” Sidhu said. “The 10m air pistol final is a blur to me, I couldn’t feel my fingers during that. I have been undergoing physiotherapy for this problem but for today, I told my physio not to touch me. I just let it be and to my relief it went off well,” she said.
Another Indian in the final round was Annu Singh. After finishing second in the qualification, but could not replicate her success in the final round. She finished sixth with a score of 15 and was eliminated third in the final round.
Her coach, husband and the Indian shooting team’s manager Raunak Pandit was by her side as she spoke and was the first person she went to in celebration. “I guess it’s about ensuring that whether you compete at the Olympics or the state championships, the intensity and process remains the same. If an athlete can achieve that, the results will automatically come,” said Pandit.
This is Heena’s third gold medal at Commonwealth Games alongwith her two silver medals.