The ongoing Commonwealth Games witnessed stunning victories in shooting on Monday (April 9). Newbie Mehuli Ghosh bagged a silver while ace Apurvi Chandela settled for a bronze.
17-year-old Ghosh is making a buzz a day after another teenager, 16-year-old Manu Bhaker, got the women’s 10m air pistol event. The debutant took home the silver medal, missing the gold by a whisker, in the women's 10m air rifle event. She shot a stunning 10.9 while Chandela secured a bronze.
It is amazing to see Indian athletes excel at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. With a Silver in the women’s 10m Air Rifle event, Mehuli Ghosh joins the fast increasing list of medal winners from India: PM @narendramodi #GC2018 pic.twitter.com/X5YcAKLXQg— PMO India (@PMOIndia) April 9, 2018
In the finals, Ghosh was up against Singapore's Martina Lindsay Veloso, who eventually won the gold medal with a games record score of 247.2. Ghosh collected 247.2 but a 9.9 in the shoot-off let the Singaporean claim the top prize with a shot of 10.3.
Big feat in a small age!— Col Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) April 9, 2018
What a victory! 17 year old Mehuli Ghosh, gives a very tough fight to Singapore's Martina Lindsay Veloso to win a 🥈 on her Commonwealth Debut with a record score.
Well done young lady. The journey has just begun! Many more victories to you! #CWG2018 pic.twitter.com/fepBXVYbNe
Chandela had earlier smashed her own Commonwealth Games qualifying record from four years back by scoring 423.2
However, it was a disappointment for defending champion Chandela when earlier in the elimination stage, she shot a series of nine-plus pointers. She gave a tough fight to Veloso till shots 18-20 and was tied at 206. But she shot below 10 for the first time in the competition, allowing Ghosh to claim the second spot as she finished third on the podium.
India lauds Apurvi Chandela for securing the Bronze in the women’s 10m Air Rifle event. It is amazing to see Apurvi emerge as one of India’s finest shooters: PM @narendramodi #GC2018 pic.twitter.com/iYbgLgd6hy— PMO India (@PMOIndia) April 9, 2018
On the other hand, Ghosh, a bronze medallist in her maiden ISSF World Cup outing in Mexico last month, gave a better performance than Chandela at CWG. She trains under Olympian Joydeep Karmakar. Ghosh fell short by just 0.4 in the end.
Congratulations Mehuli Ghosh for the Silver and Apurvi Chandela for the bronze in 10m Air Pistol Women's Finals Shooting. Also to Om Mitharwal for the bronze in shooting. #GC2018Shooting pic.twitter.com/HiSFi4cDQE— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) April 9, 2018
All guns blazing! 🇮🇳— Col Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) April 9, 2018
Apurvi Chandela may have won a bronze, but her performance was pure gold! With a score that would have taken her into the finals of any international match, she is indeed a player of great potential and promise. #CWG2018 #RangDeTiranga #GC2018 pic.twitter.com/dxy9YOi5Le
#MehuliGhosh is not new to medals, today she picks a silver at the #CWG2018 in 10 m air rifle shooting -In 2017 @ghoshmehuli went on to win whopping 11 medals at the National Championships. Here's a salute to this young girl from Baidyabati in West Bengal #MehuliGhosh pic.twitter.com/palHBpV9Vj— SheThePeople (@SheThePeopleTV) April 9, 2018