Star Indian shooter Heena Sidhu on Friday won the bronze medal in the Women’s 10m Air Pistol Pistol Event at the ongoing edition of the Asian Games 2018 in Indonesia.
Heena shot a near-perfect 10.8 with just three shooters left in the field but a 9.6 in the next attempt dashed her hopes of a better finish at the Jakabaring Shooting Range. Having made an incredible comeback after languishing at 13th and 17th places in the qualification stage, Heena did not look content with the eventual third-place finish as she managed to reduce the gap to a mere 0.1 between her and the gold medal. The gold medal was won by China’s Wang Qian and the silver medal was bagged by Korea’s Kim Minjung.
It was Heena’s third medal in Asian Games and India’s ninth medal in shooting in Jakarta.
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However, there was disappointment for 16-year-old Manu Bhaker who failed to make it to the podium and finished at the fifth spot with a score of 176.2. For two straight events at the ongoing Games, Bhaker shot brilliantly in the qualifications and cracked in the final. Follow here for live updates
Sidhu, with Annu Raj Singh and Sonia Rai, had won a silver medal in the Women’s 10m Air Pistol Pistol Team Event at the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, China. With Annu Raj Singh scoring 375 points and Sidhu scoring 384 points, Sidhu and Singh won a gold medal in the women’s pairs 10-metre air pistol at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. In the singles event, Sidhu had won a silver medal.
With the medal win, India’s medal count has gone up to 23. So far, the Indian contingent has won 6 gold, 4 silver, and 13 bronze medals and is currently placed at seventh spot in the medals tally.