GOLD COAST: India shooter Shreyasi Singh held her nerve and capitalised on her opponent’s lapses to win the women’s double trap Gold medal in the 21st Commonwealth Games in Australia’s Gold Coaston Wednesday.
Shreyasi shot 96 in the finals and beat Australia’s Emma Cox 2 shots to 1 in the shoot-off at Belmont Shooting Centre. The other Indian contender in the field, Varsha Varman finished fourth with 86.
The bronze medal went to Scotland’s Linda Pearson who shot 87 to finish a point ahead of Varsha, who held the third place for a while.
By clinching Gold, the 26-year-old Shreyasi also improved on her silver medal-winning effort at the Glasgow Games four years ago.
“I’m feeling really well. In 2014, I won the silver and I was really upset that I couldn’t win the gold but now, also I was trailing, but when I got the opportunity to fight more and fight harder in the shoot off, I was really happy about that, and I gave it 100 percent,” Shreyasi said.
“Emma (COX, AUS) is, of course, a brilliant competitor to be winning the gold medal against, so lots of wishes to her. She shot really well, too. But I think God is on my side and I’m feeling really lucky.”
Cox missed 12 of her 30 shots in the fourth round after placing herself in the gold medal position.
Interestingly, Shreyasi was on the second position while Varsha was on the third position after three rounds.
On her comeback after trailing in two rounds, Shreyasi said, “My coaches really helped me, and my family is also here so they were a big support for me. I just had it in me that I want to win the gold medal.
“I don’t want to go back with another silver, I want to win the gold medal,” she said.
Singh had won a silver medal in the double trap event at the 2017 Commonwealth Shooting Championships.
Shreyasi’s grandfather and father served in the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) as its president. She had represented the country in two events at the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games Delhi, however, she failed to win a single medal.
The Delhi-born Shreyasi won the individual Silver medal in double trap in Glasgow and followed that by winning a Bronze medal at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon.
The result of the ongoing Games ensured the experienced shooter won the elusive Gold.
Asked about celebrating the victory, she said, “I’m shooting in trap as well so I’ve got to get back to training and then shoot a competition the day after, so there’s not much of a party right now. But maybe later.”