Shooter Heena Sidhu Bags Bronze at Asian Airgun Championships
Pistol shooter Heena Sidhu bagged a bronze at the 10th Asian Airgun Championship in 10m Rifle/Pistol on Sunday (Dec 10). Pistol ace Jitu Rai has also collected a bronze at the same event in Wako City, Japan.
Team India started off stellar in the competition as they are already high on wins, having secured 11 medals on the first two days. Thus far India’s medal haul counts four gold, six silver and seven bronze for a total of 17 medals.
Heena hoisted an individual bronze in the women’s 10m Air Pistol. Her effort was icing on the cake since the team along with Shri Nivetha Paramantham and Harveen Srao, clinched a silver. On the other hand, Jitu’s medal haul in the same category helped the Indian team of Shahzar Rizvi and Omkar Singh bag gold in the event.
Another shooter Anmol Jain also added an individual bronze in the junior men’s 10m Air Pistol which helped the Team, comprises Anmol, Gaurav Rana and Abhishek Arya collect silver in the event.
In the women’s 10m Air Pistol, Heena was the only Indian to make the final.
The Olympian shooter Heena shot 380, securing the fifth place among top eight qualifying finalists. Shri Nivetha shot 377 to end in 11th position while Harveen shot 375 to finish 15th. The trio won the Team silver with a combined effort of 1132 while China grabbed the gold with 1137 and Chinese Taipei won bronze with 1126.
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The ace Indian shooter is on fire this year, winning back to back medals at international circuits. Very recently, Sidhu teamed up with Jitu Rai and earned India’s first gold medal at the ISSF World Cup Final in New Delhi. The duo clinched the top honours in the 10m air pistol mixed team event on the opening day of the competitions. They scored 483.4 points to beat France which scored 481.1.
Kudos to you Heena!
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