Heena Sidhu and Samresh Jung capped off the Indian shooting team's awe-inspiring campaign in the 19th Commonwealth Games by winning a silver and a bronze medal, respectively, on a day when Gagan Narang failed to progress beyond the qualifying stage at the Karni Singh Shooting Range on Wednesday.
Sidhu missed the gold by a whisker as her 481.6 was just 0.3 less then Malaysia’s Pei Chin Bibiana, who shot an impressive 491.9 to clinch the gold medal in women’s singles 10-metre air pistol event. Australia’s Dina Aspandiyarova bagged the bronze medal scoring 478.8 at the final range here.
Jung, who had won seven medals including five gold in the in Melbourne four years ago, had to be content with a bronze medal in the standard pistol event after he totalled 559.
Hariom Singh, who partnered Narang in the pairs event yesterday, finished seventh in qualifying but failed to impress finishing a notch below, at eighth. Scotland’s Jonathan Hammond clinched the gold medal after aggregating 696.9, while Australia’s Warren Potent (695.4) and England’s Mathhew Hall (695.1) bagged the silver and bronze respectively.
Sidhu’s silver, along with Jung’s bronze in men’s singles 25-metre standard pistol, somewhat made up for the disappointment of Narang’s failure in men’s singles 50-metre rifle prone.
In the 50-metre rifle prone qualifying, Narang was tied at 590 — a point less than Hariom — with Sri Lanka’s Mangala Samarakoon and Canada’s Wynn Payne. In a high-scoring shoot-off, Sri Lanka’s Mangala Samarakoon prevailed after scoring 53.2 (10.6, 10.5, 10.7, 10.7, 10.7) to Narang’s 51.6 (9.9, 10.8, 10.5, 10.1, 10.3).
“The idea was to get maximum number of gold but I was struggling with prone position,” Narang later said. For Sidhu it was a case of so near and yet so far. She was leading till the seventh shot but then faltered to hand over the yellow metal to Bibiana. “I was leading till the seventh shot and still I couldn’t win. I am not happy with my performance and should have won the gold medal,” Sidhu said.
For Jung his performance was a far cry from his exploits in Melbourne. The pistol shooter scored 188 in series 1, 187 in 2 and followed that up with 184 in the final series.