CWG: Tejaswini bags silver in 50m rifle prone

Tejaswini, a former World champion in the event, shot a total of 618.9 points to achieve the medal.

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.   -  AP

Tejaswini Sawant helped India to clinch a silver medal in the women’s 50m rifle prone, in the shooting competitions of the XXI Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, on Thursday.

The 37-year-old, a former World champion in the event, shot a total of 618.9 points to achieve the medal. It was also her first medal of the Games in eight years, after winning two gold medals in her debut in Melbourne 2006, two silvers and a bronze in New Delhi 2010.

It was the lone gold medal event of the day and Tejaswini brought about her total by striking a sequence of 102.1, 102.4, 103.3, 102.8, 103.7 and 104.6. Meanwhile, Anjum Moudgil, the other Indian in the fray, failed to get to her usual form and was placed 16th, in a field of 20. Moudgil’s compilation of her total was 602. 2, through a sequnce of 98.3, 98.9, 97.9, 101.8, 101.8 and 103.5.

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Singapore’s Martina Lindsay Veloso, was the winner of the gold medal, holding a good three points and more lead over Tejaswini. It was her second title at the championships, having won the 10m air rifle by a whisker, against India’s Mehuli Ghosh. Seonaid Mcintosh (Scotland) took bronze, a mere zero point eight points behind Tejaswini.

In the men’s 25m rapid fire pistol, the first stage of which was gone through on Thursday, India’s Neeraj Kumar was in the lead with a total of 291, having shot 97, 100 and 94 through the eight, six and four seconds series. Anish Bhanwala, the second Indian entrant, was placed third with 286 (08, 98, 90).

The results:

Women: 50m rifle prone: 1. Martina Lindsay Veloso (SGP), 621,0 – Games record; 2. Tejaswini Sawant (IND), 618.9, 3. Seonaid Mcintosh (SC0), 618.1. 16. Anjum Moudgil (IND), 602.2.

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