Tejaswini wins gold and Moudgil bags silver

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.

Tejaswini Sawant in action during the women's 50m rifle 3 positions shooting final.   -  AFP

Tejaswini had returned to the Games Village a bit disappointed on Thursday, having lost the gold medal in 50m rifle prone to Singapore's Martina Lindsay Veloso. But the 37-year-old made up for it on Friday as she, after finishing third in the qualification, came up with a silver sterling show in the final.

In the qualification it was fellow Indian, Anjum Moudgil who had the focus as she created a new Games record with a total of 589, compiled from her effort of 196 in kneeling, 199 in prone and 194 in standing. Tejaswini was third here with 584 (193, 199, 192).

But in the final, Tejaswini’s calibre and prowess was never in doubt as she got into the lead straight away in the company of Anjum and never allowed anyone to catch up her.

The Maharashtra shooter came through as a deserving winner to her credit with a Games record total of 457.9, while Anjum took silver with 455.7. Seonaid Mcintosh was third with 444.6 which meant Veloso finishing without a medal for the first time.

Tejaswini’s gold medal brought India on par with its gold medal tally (15) ifrom Glasgow 2014 before Anish’s made it 16.

In trap, Shreyasi never found her going smooth, hitting blanks at every turn, and was eliminated fifth with a total of 19. The medals in this event were won by Lateisha (Australia), Kristy Barr (Northern Ireland) and Sarah Wixey (Wales). In the men’s event, Kyan Chenai and Manavjit Sandhu were placed sixth and 21st with scores of 46 and 43 after the first day of the two-day competition.

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