Calm Shreyasi strikes gold in double trap

Source: PTI | By Mohammed Ismail | Published on 12th April 2018, 7:00 PM | Sports News | Don't Miss |

Brisbane: Shreyasi Singh shot her way to a career-best show to win the gold medal in the women’s double trap while there was a bronze each for Om Mitharval and Ankur Mittal in the 21st Commonwealth Games here on Wednesday.

Shreyasi aggregated 96 in the finals, same as Emma Cox, but prevailed over the Australian in a shoot-off by striking down both birds even as the Indian’s opponent missed the second target.

Another Indian Varsha Varman finished fourth with 86, narrowly missing out on a bronze to Scotland’s Linda Pearson, who shot 87.

Om Prakash Mitharval won the bronze medal in the men’s 50m pistol event with 201.1 but the fancied Jitu Rai finished a disappointing 8th with 105.0.

Ankur Mittal added to the medal rush by winning a bronze in the men’s double trap event even as Mohammed Asab (43) finished fourth, a climbdown from the bronze he won in Glasgow four years ago. Mittal shot 53 in the final at the Belmont Shooting Centre.

In the women’s double trap, the 26-year-old Shreyasi shot rounds of 24, 25, 22 and 25 and the two shooters finished with identical scores of 96 from their 120 shots in four rounds.

Shreyasi held her nerve in the shoot-off to have the last laugh and improve on her silver-winning showing at the Glasgow Games four years ago. Cox missed 12 of her 30 shots in the fourth round after placing herself in the gold medal position.

In a dramatic final round, Shreyasi was among the first batch of shooters and her score of 96 meant that Emma, who was in the second batch, needed 19 out of 30 to win gold.

Having hit 23, 28 and 27 in the previous three rounds, Shreyasi looked destined for a lesser medal. But as it happened, wind conditions changed, it became cloudy and Emma shot 18 to tie with Shreyasi at the top.

“I’m feeling really well. In 2014, I won the silver and I was really upset that I couldn’t win the gold but now, also I was trailing, but when I got the opportunity to fight more and fight harder in the shoot off, I was really happy about that, and I gave my 100 percent,” Shreyasi said.

In the men’s 50m pistol, while Om Prakash repeated his performance in the 10M pistol to notch up his second bronze of the Games, Jitu finished eighth with a score of 105 and was the first to be eliminated at the 12th shot mark.

Om Prakash had earlier topped qualification with a score of 549 out of 600 while Jitu had qualified sixth with 542. Australian Daniel Repacholi won gold in the event with a finals score of 227.2, a Games record while Bangladesh’s Shakil Ahmed bagged silver with 220.5.

In men’s double trap, Scotland’s David McMath finished with 74 to beat Tim Kneale of Isle of Man who managed 70, for gold.

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