Commonwealth Games: Shreyasi lands 'milestone' gold

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Gold Coast: Double-Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar (74kg) and event debutant Rahul Aware (57kg) provided the golden touch as India snared an impressive four medals on the opening day of the 21st Commonwealth Games' wrestling competition.

In the men's 50m pistol, both Jitu, who won gold two days earlier in the 10m air pistol and Om Prakash Mitharval, bronze victor in the same event, qualified for the eight-man final.

Shreyasi aggregated 96 in the finals, same as Emma Cox, but prevailed over the Australian in a shoot-off by striking both targets even as her opponent in her second attempt. In the same year, she claimed silver in the Commonwealth Championship in Delhi. "I didn't want to go back with another silver, I (badly) wanted to win the gold medal".

On Day 8 of GC 2018, India has bagged four medals so far including Kiran's silver piece. But into the final set, it was Emma's turn to succumb to pressure and she shot only 18, while Shreyasi's 25 gave her a chance to tie with her and she won the shoot-off.

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Shreyasi was on the second position while Varsha was on the third position after three rounds. Women wrestlers Babita Kumari claimed Silver and Kiran took Bronze in their respective categories.The 2014 Glasgow Games gold medallist, Babita lost in the final 2-5 to Canada's Diana Weicker to finish second in the 53kg. He had won Gold in the Freestyle 66kg in the 2010 New Delhi Commonwealth Games.

While there is a lot of expectations riding on our athletes in the Commonwealth Games which is being held at Australia, one must say their performances are beginning to show. Shreyasi held her nerve in the shoot-off to have the last laugh.

Asab Mohammed, the other Indian in fray, was eliminated after he shot 43 out of 50 in the finals of the men's double trap. Ahead of Mittal in the final were Scotland's David McMath and the Isle of Man's Tim McNeale who finished their tally with 74 and 70 respectively. The relatively unknown Indian grappler finally accomplished his dream of achieving a gold medal in the Commonwealth Games after he defeated Canada's Steven Takahashi 15-7 in the Men's Freestyle 57 kg Gold Medal bout.

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