Commonwealth Championship: Shooter Pooja Ghatkar Bags Gold
Pistol shooter Heena Sidhu’s stellar performance at the Commonwealth Shooting Championships on Tuesday (Oct 31) grabbed eyeballs. On Wednesday (Nov 1), it was the turn of another young Indian woman, Pooja Ghatkar, to win a gold in the tournament.
The 28-year-old Pooja clinched the gold in the 10m women’s air rifle event. Anjum Moudgil won the silver medal and Martina Lindsay Veloso of Singapore grabbed the bronze
In the 10m men’s air pistol event, Shahzar Rizvi bagged a gold while Omkar Singh and Jitu Rai won silver and bronze medals respectively.
So far, India’s performance has been good. At the end of the second day, the squad has brought home as many as five medals, including two gold, two silver and one bronze medal.
Earlier, Heena Sidhu clinched gold in the women’s 10m Air Pistol event, while Deepak Kumar won a silver in the 10m air rifle event. Sidhu’s total score was 240.8 in the final to claim the top honours.
Pooja created history when she bagged the gold medal at the Asian Airgun Championship, Kuwait, in March 2014 . She defeated the World No. 1 and 2012 Olympic gold medallist to win the gold.
Mentored by Olympic medallist Gagan Narang, Pooja won a bronze medal in the women’s 10-metre air rifle event in March 2017. This was in her first appearance at the World Cup podium. Pooja clinched India’s first medal at the event.
Last year, Pooja had narrowly missed securing a berth in the Rio Olympics. She has proved her mettle with the Commonwealth Championship gold.
Way to go, Pooja!
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