Shooter Annu Raj Singh, who made a satisfactory comeback to the Indian team, has secured a bronze medal in the women’s 50m pistol competition at the Commonwealth Shooting Championships in Gold Coast on Thursday (Nov 2nd). The 2010 Commonwealth Games Gold medallist shot a total of 28 in the finals and finished third.
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On the other hand, another power player, London Olympics bronze medallist Gagan Narang also comeback and stunned his fans to secure the silver medal in the 50m rifle prone event. this is his first major tournament since the 2016 Rio Olympics, and he shot 246.3 to end just 1.4 points adrift of the leader and took the second spot.
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“It was a very windy day and I had to dig deep. It was a test of my patience as I had to release my shots at the right time,” the 2010 CWG gold medallist said.
The 33-year-old Raj had created history when she became the first Indian women pistol shooter to qualify for the Olympics by winning a quota for the London 2012.
She championed this feat after winning the silver medal at the ISSF World Cup in the USA in 2011. However, she finished 17th in the 10m Air Pistol event at the London Olympics.
Annu chose to sport the shooting game in 1998 when she was just 13. Inherited from her mother Meera Singh, who was a state level shooter, while her father too had his share of shooting experiences in the All India level. Annu’s elder brother Amit Raj Singh is also a national level shooter.
The Championship so far
India, so far, won a gold each in the men’s 10m air pistol and women’s 10m air rifle events, on Wednesday. On the first day of competition, Heena Sidhu clinched gold in the women’s 10m Air Pistol event, while another young Indian woman, Pooja Ghatkar bagged a gold in the tournament.
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