Indian shooter Heena Sidhu set a Commonwealth Games shooting record with a total score of 38, en-route to clinching the gold medal in the women’s 25 meter pistol event at Gold Coast. She overcame the challenge of Australian shooter Elena Galiabovitch who won the silver. This was Sidhu’s second medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, after winning the silver in the women’s 10 meter air pistol event behind compatriot Manu Bhaker, who won the gold.
Reacting to her gold medal win, Sidhu said, “I am exhausted, those are my thoughts on today’s performance.” She had some trouble with her trigger finger because of a nerve problem, but still qualified for the event in third spot with 579 points. She continued, “Thankfully, my trigger which has been giving me some trouble because of a tingling sensation was alright today. I didn’t feel that tingling too much.”
“The 10m air pistol final is a blur to me, I couldn’t feel my fingers during that. I have been undergoing physiotherapy for this problem but for today, I told my physio not to touch me. I just let it be and to my relief it went off well.”
Sidhu’s gold was India’s 11th at this year’s Commonwealth Games. It further cemented India’s position in third place in the medals tally, behind England and hosts Australia who occupies the top spot.