CWG 2018: Sawant adds a silver to her large collection


Tejaswini Sawant today added another gold medal to her decorated Commonwealth Games resume en route to shattering the games record in the women's 50m rifle 3 positions event while putting in the shade silver victor Anjum Moudgil's remarkable resilience. Apart from the two gold in Melbourne 2006, she has two silver in 50m prone and 3-position pairs event in 2010, and a bronze in the 50m prone pairs.

A gold medallist at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in 10m air rifle singles and pairs with Avneet Kaur Sidhu events, Tejaswini is also the first Indian to clinch a gold in world championship in 2010. The Haryana boy shot down the CWG record in the final with a score of 30 including four series of 5 each.

Anjum Moudgil, the other Indian in the fray, produced a disappointing performance.

This was India's 12th medal in shooting.

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Earlier on Day 7, Shreyasi Singh had won a gold medal for India in Women's Double Trap event while compatriot Varsha Varman finished in the 4th position at the same event. Her medal on Thursday at the Belmont Shooting Centre is India's 25th, and with Neeraj Kumar and Anish Bhanwala placed first and third respectively after Stage 1 of qualifying in the men's 25m rapid fire pistol event, India looks in line for more shooting medals.

Moudgil too carried on her form in CWG from the ISSF World Cup a year ago in Guadalaraja, Mexico, where she clinched a silver medal in the women's 50m Rifle 3 Positions event.

He will be taking on South Africa's Johannes Botha in the last summit clash later today. Women Wrestler Babita Phogat (53kg) also made the final and set up a clash with Canada's Diana Weicker after picked up a win over Nigeria's Samuel Bose, Australia's Carissa Holland and Sri Lanka's Deepika Dilhani.