Indian shooter Tejaswini Sawant won a silver medal in 50m Rifle event and boosted Indian medal tally. Tejaswini Sawant has won silver in the finals of the women’s 50m rifle contest, finishing behind Singapore’s Martina Lindsay Veloso. 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. This is the sixth CWG medal for 37-year-old Sawant, following two golds in 2006 and a pair of silvers and bronze in 2010. In the 20-member finals, Sawant shot series of 102.1, 102.4, 103.3, 102.8, 103.7 and 104.7 for a total of 618.9. Winning gold was Veloso with a Games record total of 621, and bronze was claimed by Scotland’s Seonaid McIntosh who tallied 618.1
Anjum Moudgil, the other Indian to reach the women’s 50m rifle prone finals, finished 16th with a total score of 602.2. For Arjuna awardee Sawant, who in 2010 became the first Indian sportswoman to win gold at the World Shooting Championship, today’s medal will put in the shade her disappointing showing at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
The medals’ tally is set to rise as Sushil Kumar and two other wrestlers–Rahul Aware and Babita Kumari entered final of the discipline on Thursday. Sushi (74kg) the defending champion, got easy victories over Pakistan’s Muhammad Asad Butt and Canada’s Jevon Balfour by technical advantage before scoring a victory by fall over Australia’s Connor Evans. Now, Sushil will compete against South Africa’s Johannes Botha in the last 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. Rahul Aware (57kg) also had a quiet journey into the final with comprehensive wins over England’s George Ramm, Pakistan’s Muhammad Bilal and Australia’s Thomas Cicchini. Now, He will face Canada’s Steven Takahashi in the final. Another Indian Women Wrestler Kiran (76kg) will compete for the bronze medal after an early loss to Nigeria’s Blessing Onyebuchi.
Indian Wrestlers at DAY 8 on Commonwealth Games
1)Gold Medal Match:
Babita Kumari vs Diana Weicker (53kg Nordic)
Rahul Aware vs Steven Takahasi (57kg Freestyle)
Sushil Kumar vs Johannes Botha (74kg Freestyle)
2) Bronze medal match:
Kiran vs Katouskia Pariadhaven (76kg Freestyle)