Shooter Ankur Mittal bags bronze in men's double trap finals

Alicia Farmer
April 12, 2018

Indian double trap shooter Shreyasi Singh just clinched India's 23 gold at the Commonwealth Games 2018 - the high-point of her own career- by knocking out Australia's Emma Cox for the flawless podium-finish.

After winning the Gold Medal in Common Wealth Games 2018 held at Gold Cost Australia, wrestler Sushil Kumar has dedicated his victory to the children killed in a bus accident in Himachal Pradesh.

Kiran also defeated Nigeria's Blessing Onyebuchi by 10-0 by Technical Superiority to clinch a bronze medal for India in Women's Freestyle 76 kg.

Rahul Aware absolutely crushed the challenge of Canadian rival by securing back to back technical points in the bout. Ankur scored 53 points to finish 10 points ahead of compatriot Ashab Mohammed, who finished fourth in the event.

The 26-year-old Indian wrestler repeated his gold-winning feat from 2011 Commonwealth Games where he aced the 55kg class wrestling bout with flying colours.

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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.

However, Babita settled for silver after being outmanuevered by Canada's Diana Weicker in the summit clash. "This is just the beginning of the season and I'm glad that I'm off to a great start", the new Commonwealth champ, perhaps also the last in double trap, said. This was India's 29th medal at the 2018 Games.

Sushil is also the only Indian to win two medals at the Olympics.

"I think my weakness today was my attack, I should have been more aggressive but I gave my 100 per cent". She picked up two out of her three wins in the preliminary stages via pin fall, beating Carissa Holland of Australia in 36 seconds, and Deepika Dilhani of Sri Lanka in 48 seconds. Shreyasi Singh, a silver-medallist from the 2014 edition in Glasgow, beat Australia's Emma Cox in a shoot-off to improve the colour of her medal from last time. She had lost in the semi-finals by technical superiority. The Indian then outduelled her in the shoot-off for Double Trap gold.

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