Shreyasi claims GOLD to swell India’s medals tally
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 11: Gold medalist Shreyasi Singh of India poses during the medal ceremony for the Women's Double Trap Finals on day seven of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games at Belmont Shooting Centre on April 11, 2018 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)
Mumbai :Shreyasi Singh held her nerve and produced some excellent shooting to win the women’s double trap gold medal in the 21st Commonwealth Games, in Gold Coast, on Wednesday.
Shreyasi shot 96 in the finals and beat Australia’s Emma Cox 2 shots to 1 in the shoot-off at Belmont Shooting Centre.
The 26-year-old Shreyasi, thus, improved on her silver medal-winning effort at the Glasgow Games four years ago.
“I’m feeling really well. In 2014, I won the silver and I was really upset that I couldn’t win the gold but now, also I was trailing, but when I got the opportunity to fight more and fight harder in the shoot off, I was really happy about that, and I gave it 100 per cent,” Shreyasi said.
“Emma (Cox, of Australia) is of course a brilliant competitor to be winning the gold medal against, so lots of wishes to her. She shot really well, too. But I think god is on my side and I’m feeling really lucky.”
Cox missed 12 of her 30 shots in the fourth round after placing herself in the gold medal position.
On her comeback after trailing in two rounds, Shreyasi said, “My coaches really helped me, and my family is also here so they were a big support for me. I just had it in me that I want to win the gold medal.
“I don’t want to go back with another silver, I want to win the gold medal.”
Recently, she won a silver medal in the double trap event at the 2017 Commonwealth Shooting Championships.
Shreyasi, whose grandfather and father served in the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) as its president, represented the country in two events at the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games Delhi but failed to win a single medal.
The Delhi-born Shreyasi won the individual silver medal in double trap in Glasgow and followed that by winning a bronze medal at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon.
The result at the ongoing Games ensured the experienced shooter won the elusive gold.
Asked about celebrating the victory, she said, “I’m shooting in trap as well so I’ve got to get back to training and then shoot a competition the day after, so there’s not much of a party right now. But maybe later.”