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CWG 2018, shooting: Tejaswini clinches silver in 50M rifle prone

Tejaswini Sawant

Gold Coast, April 12: India continued their medal haul at the 2018 Commonwealth Games with shooter Tejaswini Sawant clinching a silver in the women's 50m rifle prone event at the Belmont Shooting Centre.

The seasoned campaigner shot 102.1, 102.4, 103.3, 102.8, 103.7, 104.6 for a cumulative score of 618.9 over six series to claim her six Commonwealth Games medal.

Tejaswini's effort was India's 25th medal of the 11-day quadrennial extravaganza in the Australian city which concludes on Sunday (April 12).

India's president Ramnath Kovind was among the first to congratulate Tejaswini on her achievement.

Singapore's rifle ace Martina Lindsay Veloso won the gold medal with a Games record 621.0, while Seonaid Mcintosh of Scotland bagged the bronze with 618.1 at the Belmont Shooting centre here.

The 37-year-old former world champion was placed second after four series even as Moudgil faced elimination. She maintained her position at the end of the fifth series and ensured another medal for India with a final-series score of 104.6, her best effort of the day.

A gold medallist at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in 10M air rifle singles and pairs with Avneet Kaur Sidhu events, Tejaswini is also the first Indian to clinch a gold in world championship in 2010.

When Delhi hosted the Commonwealth Games eight years ago, the Kohlapur-born shooter won silver in 50 rifle prone singles and bronze in 50M rifle prone pairs along with Meena Kumari. In the same Games, she also bagged silver in 50M rifle 3 positions event along with Lajjakumari Goswami.

Young Anjum Moudgil, the other Indian shooter in the fray, finished a lowly 16th with 602.2.

(With PTI inputs)

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Story first published: Thursday, April 12, 2018, 11:27 [IST]
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