Wednesday, 23 January, 2019

Shooter Shreyasi Singh a smash hit after CWG gold

India's Rakesh Babu in action during the 2018 CWG Shooter Shreyasi Singh a smash hit after CWG gold
Melissa Porter | 12 April, 2018, 17:58

This was his first chance to win a big medal at a mega-games and become part of the discussion around the country's top wrestlers in lighter weights.

Mitharval had earlier won bronze in the 10m air pistol event, where Jitu Rai had won Gold.

By that yardstick, she had a smooth build-up to these Games, securing a silver medal in the Commonwealth Championships in November previous year.

A Delhi University graduate, Shreyasi held her nerve in the shoot-off to have the last laugh and improve on her silver-winning showing at the Glasgow Games four years ago.

Defending champion Sushil barely spent any time on the mat, his final lasting just a minute and 20 seconds, and claimed easy victories to claim his third successive gold at the Games, a love affair that began in 2010 Delhi edition.

Double Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar and Rahul Aware claimed contrasting gold medals in 74 kg and 53 kg categories respectively.

In a dramatic final round, Shreyasi was among the first batch of shooters and her score of 96 meant that Emma, who was in the second batch, needed 19 out of 30 to win gold. The fourth medal is won by Indian shooter Tejaswini Sawant. In the last round, Shreyasi shot the highest of all competitors (25) to confirm herself a silver. I can't change people's mindset.

Tayyab will fight against Sinivie Bolton of Nigeria in his opener, followed by bouts against Claude Keuamen MBianga of Cameroon, Sumit of India and Canada's Korey Jarvis.The national wrestlers trained in Iran for 15 days before coming to Australia.

Babita's toughest match in the group stage was against the Nigerian Bose Samuel, which she won 2-1. Weicker was the favourite going into the bout and her stronger defence helped her win the bout as she successfully took points off Babita whenever she tried to attack her.

Babita was even more dominant in her next bout, defeating Sri Lanka's Deepika Dilhani by fall early in the first period.

He had a brilliant start to his campaign on Day 8 of CWG as he started off by beating George Ramm of England by 11-0 technical superiority to enter the quarter-finals.