India’s Shreyasi Singh won the Gold medal in the women’s double trap shooting event on Wednesday, after riding on her excellent performance during a shoot-out against Australian favourite Emma Cox. With the victory, India now has its 12th Gold medal of the 2018 Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast.
It wasn’t easy however for Singh, as she seemed destined for another Silver medal after the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow as Cox needed only 19 points from 30 in the final round to clinch the gold. Having scored 28 and 27 in the previous rounds, it seemed like a mere formality. Cox though, could not hold her nerve and managed just 18 points from 30, ending up tied on 96 points with Singh. The event was in need of a shoot-out to determine the winner.
Having taken a fifteen minute break, Singh hit both the targets in the shoot-out, while Cox missed on her second attempt, handing a gold medal to the Indian shooter.
Singh is the daughter of the former president of the National Rifles Association of India, and won the silver in the 2017 Commonwealth Championships, in addition to winning the silver in the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
However, the other Indian in the event, Varsha Varman could not end up with a medal. Varman has taken a break from her course at Harvard University to pursue shooting till the 2020 Tokyo Olympics was in a bronze medal position till the last round. She missed the Bronze medal by a single shot, after Scotland’s Linda Pearson capitalized on Varman managing only a score of 19 in the final round.