Silver for Tejaswini in prone

Silver for Tejaswini in prone

The seasoned Tejaswini Sawant brought her years of experience into play en route to claiming the silver medal in the women's 50m rifle prone event of the 21st Commonwealth Games here on Thursday.

Tejaswini shot 102.1, 102.4, 103.3, 102.8, 103.7, 104.6 for a cumulative score of 618.9 over six series to claim her sixth CWG medal.

Young Anjum Moudgil, the other Indian shooter in the fray, finished 16th with 602.2.

Singapore's rifle ace Martina Lindsay Veloso won the gold medal with a Games record 621.0, while Seonaid Mcintosh of Scotland bagged the bronze with 618.1 at the Belmont Shooting centre here.

The 37-year-old former world champion was placed second after four series even as Moudgil faced elimination. She maintained her position at the end of the fifth series and ensured another medal for India with a final-series score of 104.6, her best effort of the day.

On achieving her sixth medal at her third Commonwealth Games, she said, "It is very nice. I'm very, very happy.

"It was a little windy today, but not too tough."

When asked about her future plans, the shooter said, "I'm aiming for the Olympic Games in Tokyo (2020), but next I will go to the Asian Games (in Jakarta in August), and then the world championships in South Korea (August-September 2018)."

A gold medallist at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in 10m air rifle singles and pairs with Avneet Kaur Sidhu events, Tejaswini is also the first Indian to clinch a gold in the world championship in 2010.

When Delhi hosted the Commonwealth Games eight years ago, the Kolhapur-born shooter won silver in 50m rifle prone singles and bronze in 50m rifle prone pairs along with Meena Kumari.

In the same Games, she also bagged silver in 50m rifle 3-positions event along with Lajjakumari Goswami.

Neeraj Kumar and world junior champion Anish Bhanwala were placed first and third respectively after the first stage of shooting in the 25m rapid fire pistol competition with scores of 291 and 286 points respectively.

PTI

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