8th Asian Air Gun Championship : Ace shooter Heena Sidhu wins women’s 10M Air Pistol Gold

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India’s former World number one Heena Sidhu, ensured home fans had plenty of moments to cheer on the concluding day of competitions at the 8th Asian Air Gun Championship, when she outclassed a tricky field to win the Gold medal in the women’s 10M Air Pistol event. Shweta Singh of India won the Silver, while Seon Aong Kim of Korea bagged the Bronze medal.

With India also bagging the Team Gold in the event, they ensured that they ended the competition on top of the medal tally, winning a total of 17 medals, including six Golds, five Silvers and six Bronze medals. Iran also had the same number of Gold and Silver medals but finished second on account of winning only one Bronze medal.

Abhinav Bindra, on day one, along with Heena, ensured that India won the Gold in two out of  the four marquee events of the competition.

Shweta was leading Heena by the narrowest of margins, of 0.1, till the 17th shot of the 20 shot final, when she was undone by a low score of 9, to Heena’s classy 10.7, when the scores were counted.

Heena, then, did not look back and sealed the title with an eventual score of 197.8 in the finals. She had also topped the qualifying round of 40 shots along with country woman Yashaswini Singh Deswal, who scored 387.

This will be ideal preparation for the Patiala girl as she makes a final bid to win a quota place for the Rio Olympics in November’s Asian Shooting Championship.

Heena was satisfied with her effort in the qualification but the final was not up to the mark, according to her.

“Most of the time there was a lot of delay. I was taking a lot of time, that plays on your mind. Today, I was not happy with the way I shot in the finals, this was a lower finals for me,” Heena said in post match chat with reporters.

The first Indian pistol shooter to be ranked world number one, Heena added, “My shots were getting fired as the delay makes you a little jittery. Pressure was there, you shooting at home and everybody watching you. But clapping doesn’t matter to me. It’s no distraction.”

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