Rahi Sarnobat

Another gold comes India’s way as Rahi Sarnobat as she shot her way to gold medal  in Women’s 25m Pistol event. In the same event she beat her Indian counterpart Anisa Sayyed who had to settle for the silver medal. The bronze medal went to Australia’s Lalita Yauhleuskaya. With two more medals India are now placed at the 5th rank with 5 gold, 6 silver and 3 bronze medal.

Rahi Sarnobat who had earlier won two gold medals in 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India repeated her victorious campaign in the Glasgow 2014. She won the first gold in 25m pistol event in pair with Anisa Sayyed. She became India’s first pistol shooter to win gold medal in the world cup. She won the 25m pistol event in the ISSF World cup in Changwon.

The guns were booming loud for India at the 2014 Commonwealth Games as Apurvi Chandila clinched the gold medal while compatriots Ayonika Paul and Prakash Nanjappa bagged silver medals at the Barry Buddon Shooting Range here Saturday.

It was an interesting battle in the women’s 10m air rifle event as Apurvi beat World No.8 Ayonika in an exciting battle to clinch the gold medal in the women’s 10m air rifle finals. For Apurvi, the gold was her maiden international medal while Ayonika clinched her second international medal, having won the World Cup bronze last month in Slovenia.

World No.17 Apurvi, who topped the qualifications with 415.6 points (a Commonwealth Games record), led in the finals right from the start and shot 206.7 points to give India second gold medal from shooting. The 21-year-old Ayonika was fourth in the qualification round with a score of 413.2 points and clinched the silver with a score of 204.9 in the final round.

Both Apurvi, 21, and Ayonika were engaged in an interesting duel for the gold medal after Malaysia’s Nur Sayani Mohamed Tayabi settled for the bronze medal with a final score of 184.4. Going into the final shot, Apurvi was always in lead and she held her nerve against the higher ranked Ayonika to clinch the gold, which was also India’s second from shooting.

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