Monday, 19 November, 2018

It's Raining Shooting Stars: Tejaswini Hits Gold, Moudgil Marks Silver

Commonwealth Games 2018 Gold Coast Shooter Tejaswini Sawant takes silver in women's 50m Rifle Prone Image Credit SAI Twitter
Shannon Reynolds | 14 April, 2018, 00:13

Tejaswini Sawant today added another gold medal to her decorated Commonwealth Games resume en route to shattering the games record in the women's 50m rifle 3 positions event while putting in the shade silver victor Anjum Moudgil's remarkable resilience.

On Thursday, Tejaswini showed that there is still a lot left in her as she bagged silver in 50m prone, finishing with a score of 618.9. They sustained the form throughout to grab the top two positions in the day's first finals at the Belmont Shooting Centre.

The seasoned Tejaswini Sawant shattered the games record en route to winning the Gold medal while Anjum Moudgil bagged Silver in the women's 50m rifle 3 positions event, as Indian shooters set the stage ablaze in the 21st Commonwealth Games.

Anjum Moudgil, the other Indian to reach the women's 50m rifle prone finals, finished 16th with a total score of 602.2.

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India's medal count in shooting now stands at 14 including 5 gold, 4 silver and 5 bronze. This is the sixth CWG medal for 37-year-old Sawant, following two golds in 2006 and a pair of silvers and bronze in 2010.

Tejaswini shot 582 (194, 196, 192) to finish third in qualifying.

Moudgil too carried on her form in CWG from the ISSF World Cup previous year in Guadalaraja, Mexico, where she clinched a silver medal in the women's 50m Rifle 3 Positions event. Sushi (74kg) the defending champion, got easy victories over Pakistan's Muhammad Asad Butt and Canada's Jevon Balfour by technical advantage before scoring a victory by fall over Australia's Connor Evans.

He will be taking on South Africa's Johannes Botha in the last summit clash later today. Now, He will face Canada's Steven Takahashi in the final. Tejaswini's bronze is India's first medal on Day 8.

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