Indian shooters Mehuli Ghosh and Apurvi Chandela added more glory to India’s medal tally of 2018 Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast on Monday. Mehuli Ghosh finished second and took home the silver medal while her counterpart from the Indian contingent Apurvi Chandela came third and took home bronze in women’s 10m air rifle event. Mehul, who hails from Kalyani in West Bengal was only outclassed and outdone by Singapore’s Martina Lindsay Veloso as the fellow Asian teenager took home the highest honour in women’s 10m Air rifle at Gold Coast. The 17-year old was beaten by Lindsay in the shoot-off which was forced by the Indian teenager in the final of women’s 10m air rifle event. 

To claim the silver medal win at Gold Coast, the Indian teenager got the better of reigning champion Apurvi Chandela in the closing stages. Although Ghosh edge past defending champion Apurvi Chandela, the Indian shooter went narrowly close to finish on top of the podium. Ghosh was denied by Martina Martina Lindsay Veloso in an epic shoot-off. In the qualifying stages, the defending champions who finished third in the final set a new CWG record in order to secure her place for the ultimate showdown. Apurvi shot 423.2 and finished at the top in the qualifying stages for the women’s 10m air rifle final. 

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Ghosh came fifth in the same qualifying round with a score of 413.7 before finishing on top of Apurvi to claim the silver medal at Gold Coast. “Big feat in a small age! What a victory! 17 year old Mehuli Ghosh, gives a very tough fight to Singapore’s Martina Lindsay Veloso to win a 🥈 on her Commonwealth Debut with a record score,” Rajyavardhan Rathore tweeted after Mehuli Ghosh’s emphatic silver medal triumph. “Well done young lady. The journey has just begun! Many more victories to you,” Rathore added. 

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