HEENA Sidhu Bags Gold, Her 2nd Medallion, In Multi- National CWG

Heena Sidhu representing India has created a world record with winning a gold medal in women’s 25m pistol event of the 21st Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast in Australia. The 28-year-old Sidhu shot a final score of 38, two of them perfect fives to claim the top honours ahead of Australian Elena Galiabovitch. She had earlier won a silver medal in the women’s 10m Air Pistol. This is her second medal at the 2st Games after having claimed the silver in the 10m air pistol event behind 16-year-old Manu Bhaker from India’s Haryana State.  Sidhu is right handed and is right eye dominant. Defending silver-medallist Gagan Narang from her home state Punjab has however signed off finishing seventh while debutant Chain Singh finished fourth in the 50m rifle prone event at the Belmont Shooting Centre. Ludhiana born Heena,  a Bachelor of Dental Surgery, came to limelight after she became the first Indian pistol shooter to reach number one position  in world rankings awarded by the International Shooting Sport Federation in 2014. She was the first Indian pistol shooter to win a gold medal in an ISSF World Cup finals when she won the 10 metre air pistol event. Sidhu was the World record holder the same year in the 10 metre air pistol event with a final score of 203.8. Sidhu   has supportive parents and spouse .Her father was a national sports shooter. Her brother is also a shooter in the 10 metre air pistol event. Sidhu’s uncle is a gunsmith and gun customizer. Sidhu, five feet 4 inch, has married Ronak Pandit, also a pistol shooter, and resides in Mumbai’s suburb Goregaon.

 

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