CWG 2018: Tejaswini Sawant wins gold, Anjum Moudgil bags silver in women's 50m Rifle 3 Positions Final
Shooter Tejaswini Sawant bagged a gold medal in the 50m Rifle 3 Positions Final with a new Games Record score of 457.9, while compatriot Anjum Moudgil settled for silver to script yet another dominating 1-2 finish for India.
A day after winning a silver in women's 50m Rifle Prone at the ongoing Commonwealth Games 2018 at Gold Coast in Australia, shooter Tejaswini Sawant bagged a gold medal in the 50m Rifle 3 Positions Final with a new Games Record score of 457.9, while compatriot Anjum Moudgil settled for silver to script yet another dominating 1-2 finish for India on Friday morning.
With the gold, Tejaswini became India's second double-medallist in Australia after Heena Sidhu's feat with the pistol. This was India's 15th gold medal thus equalling their Glasgow tally.
In the qualifiers, Moudgil had topped the chart with a new CWG qualification record total of 589, beating the previous record of 581 was in the name of Xiang Wei Jasmine (Singapore).
On the other hand, Tejaswini also broke the previous record by shooting a total score of 582. She only had Singapore's Martina Lindsay Veloso ahead of her at second spot with a total score of 584.
In the qualifiers, Moudgil and Veloso had 32 10s each while Tejaswini shot 31 10s. Tejaswini, who had won a silver in the 50m Rifle Prone on Thursday, then struck a score of 457.9 in total to finish atop while Moudgil dropped to the second spot with a finish of 544.7. The Kolhapur-born shooter had earlier bagged silver in the same event back in 2006.
This gold medal is her seven CWG medal with the breakdown coming up as - two golds, two silvers and two bronze medals since her maiden appearance in Melbourne, Australia.In March this year, Anjum had recently won a silver medal in the women's 50m Rifle 3 Positions event at the ongoing ISSF World Cup in Guadalajara, Mexico.
It was her first World Cup medal as she battled windy conditions to shoot 454.2 in the 45-shot final, only to be topped by former junior world champion Chinas Ruijiao Pei (455.4).
Other than being an international rifle shooter, an up-and-coming painter who also pursues sports psychology. Her performance at the recently concluded ISSF World Cup was only a beginning, as she looks set to overcome the 50m rifle prone disappointment to claim a medal in 50m rifle 3 position shooting.