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Shooter Tejaswini is now world champ

india Updated: Aug 09, 2010 00:52 IST
Ajai Masand
Ajai Masand
Hindustan Times
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Rifle shooter Tejaswini Sawant won the gold in the 50 metre rifle prone event at the World Championships currently being held at Munich on Sunday.

The 30-year-old from Kolhapur, Maharashtra, thus became the first Indian woman to win a gold in a shooting event, and indeed one of the very few Indian women to bag a gold in any international sporting contest.

Olympic champion Abhinav Bindra and trap shooter Manavjit Singh are the only other shooters to have bagged golds in the same competition — at Zagreb, Croatia in 2006.

Sawant, whose score equalled the world record in her event, was, however, given a tough fight by Poland’s Ewa Nowakowska, with both of them finally tying at 597/600, but Sawant was declared winner on the basis of more ‘inner 10s’ (hitting the bulls eye more frequently).

“I am very happy. I just can’t describe my feelings,” said Sawant after her victory.