Opening the account of the Indian contingent in shooting on Sunday at Gold Coast, Manu Bhaker and Heena Sidhu bagged gold and silver medal in the women’s 10m Air Pistol on Day 4 of the ongoing 22nd edition of Commonwealth Games in Australia. 16-year old Manu Bhaker also broke Commonwealth games record in her bid to clinch the gold medal at Gold Coast. Bhaker broke the CWG record by registering a shot of 240.9. Her counterpart Heena Sidhu staged a stunning comeback to finish second. While Manu Bhaker and Heenu Sidhu took the gold and silver in the 10m Air pistol event, hosts nation’s Elena Galiabovitch came third and claimed the bronze medal. Galiabovitch registered a score of 214.9 in her bronze medal finish.
Earlier on Day 4 of the 22nd edition of Commonwealth Games in Australia, the Indian contigent continued their unprecedented run in weightlifting competition with another gold medal finish. Indian lifter Punam Yadav became the fifth weightlifter to clinch the gold medal at Gold Coast. Yadav won the highest honour for India at Gold Coast in Women’s 69kg weightlifting event. For the win, Yadav had to lift a total of 22kg to outclass her closest opponent Sarah Davies. The England international matched Yadav performance in clean and jerk and lifted 122kg. Interestingly, all gold medals for India have come in weightlifting at Gold Coast.
While Yadav increased India’s medal tally to five golds after her heroics in women’s weightlifting at that time, Indian shooter Manu Bhaker came up with his gold medal win within the next hour. “Congratulations to #ManuBhaker for her superb show ! Sincerest compliments to coach @jaspalrana2806 for managing this young athlete superbly to get the best possible outcome,” former Indian Olympian Abhinav Bindra tweeted.