Asian C’ship: Heena takes gold

Heena Sidhu pipped Olympic silver medallist Gundegmaa Otryad of Mongolia by 0.2 point for the women’s air pistol gold in the 13th Asian shooting championship in Kuwait City on Friday.

It was the second successive gold for Heena following the Asian Air Gun championship in September.   -  Shiv Kumar Pushpakar

Heena Sidhu pipped Olympic silver medallist Gundegmaa Otryad of Mongolia by 0.2 point for the women’s air pistol gold in the 13th Asian shooting championship in Kuwait City on Friday.

The 26-year-old dentist from Patiala, married to renowned shooter Ronak Pandit, captured the gold in a thrilling fashion despite shooting eight 9s on the last 10 shots of the final. It was the second successive gold for Heena following the Asian Air Gun championship in September. She also managed to push the London Olympics gold medallist Kim Jangmi of Korea to the bronze.

There were more gold medals for India through Angad vir Singh Bajwa in junior men’s skeet. In fact, Angad along with the bronze medallist Anant Jeet Singh Naruka and fourth placed Arjun Mann won the team gold, 27 points ahead of Kuwait.

Shri Nivetha won the individual gold in junior women’s air pistol. She, along with Shreya Gawande and Oshin Tawani won the team gold, six points ahead of Mongolia.

It was almost a similar story in junior men’s sports pistol as Shivam Shukla won the individual gold, but along with Arjun Das and Achal Pratap Grewal clinched the team silver, one point behind Korea.

Quite interestingly, the Indian girls Harshada Nithave and Nayani Bhardwaj did not win any individual medal in the youth women’s section in air pistol, but won the team gold two points ahead of Korea, despite a below par fare by Commonwealth Games silver medallist Malaika Goel (365).

In all, India won seven gold, a silver and a bronze on the fourth day, to take its overall tally to 14 gold, 8 silver and 8 bronze medals.

The results:

Men:

Skeet: 1. Saud Habib (Kuw) 12 (14) 120; 2. Saif Bin Futtais (UAE) 11 (15) 121; 3. Tang Shuai (Chn) 14(4) 13 (120); 4. Jin Di (Chn) 14(3) 13 (121); 15. Man Singh 118; 20. Amrinder Cheema 117; 22. Smit Singh 115.

Team: 1. China 361; 2. Kuwait 357; 3. UAE 357; 6. India 350.

Junior men: 1. Angad Vir Singh Bajwa 13 (15) 121; 2. Naser Almutairi (Kuw) 12 (13) 113; 3. Anant Jeet Singh Naruka 14 (12) 112; 4. Arjun Mann 12 (12) 114.

Team: 1. India 347; 2. Kuwait 320; 3. Qatar 297.

Junior men: Sports pistol: 1. Shivam Shukla 576; 2. Park Jungwoo (Kor) 575; 3. Lee Jaekyoon (Kor) 572; 4. Arjun Das 571; 8. Achal Pratap Grewal 565.

Team: 1. Korea 1713; 2. India 1712; 3. Thailand 1679.

Women:

10m air pistol: 1. Heena Sidhu 198.2 (382); 2. Gundegmaa Otryad (Mgl) 198.0 (381); 3. Kim Jangmi (Kor) 176.2 (383); 13. Shweta Singh 380; 27. Yashaswini Singh Deswal 372. OOC: Gauri Sheoran 377; Annu Raj Singh 372.

Team: 1. Korea 1145; 2. Chinese Taipei 1142; 3. China 1140; 6. India 1134.

Junior women: 1. P. Shri Nivetha 195.8 (371); 2. Shinemurun Nyamdorj (Mgl) 195.4 (375); 3. Kim Heesun (Kor) 174.4 (375); 8. Shreya Gawande 73.9 (376); 10. Oshin Tawani 367. OOC: Prerna Gupta 377.

Team: 1. India 1114; 2. Mongolia 1108; 3. Korea 1107.

Youth women: 1. Sim Sooyoung (Kor) 197.0 (374); 2. Haniyeh Rostamiyan (Iri) 196.1 (378); 3. Min Jeoungmin (Kor) 177.2 (368); 6. Harshada Nithave 114.8 (374); 7. Nayani Bhardwaj 94.5 (374); 11. Malaika Goel 365.

Team: 1. India 1113; 2. Korea 1111; 3. Iran 1099.

50m rifle 3-position: Junior women: 1. Najmeh Khedmati (Iri) 458.1 (585); 2. Fatemeh Karamzadeh (Iri) 455.1 (579); 3. Shi Mengyao (Chn) 441.2 (583); 4. Gaayathri Nithyanandam 428.2 (579); 13. Chahat Deep Kaur 562; 17. Sandhya Winfred 547. OOC: V. Srinithi Abirami 563.

Team: 1. Iran 1724 (68x); 2. Mongolia 1724 (60x); 3. Korea 1704; 4. India 1688.

Skeet: 1. Israpalmprasertsuk (Tha) 14(4) 15 (71); 2. Lin Piao Piao (Chn) 14(3) 15 (70); 3. Wei Ning (Chn) 15 (13) 70; 4. Eman All Shamaa (Kuw) 11 (12) 71; 11. Rashmee Rathore 67; 20. Saniya sheikh 63.

Team: 1. Thailand 211; 2. China 209; 3. Kuwait 201.