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Sidhu settles for bronze

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  8 May 2017 12:00 AM GMT

Plzen, May 7: Hee Sidhu settled for the bronze medal in the Womens 10m Air Pistol category of the 48th Grand Prix of Liberation Plzen Shooting championships here on Sunday.

Hee shot 218.8 in the eight-woman fil to claim bronze, in an event won by Rio Olympic gold and bronze medallist An Korakaki of Greece.

Germany's rising women's pistol star 21-year old Michelle Skeries, competing in her rookie senior year and having already won a World Cup bronze in New Delhi this year, came second with a fils score of 237.8.

India's Shri Nivetha Paramantham also qualified for the fils but finished fourth behind Hee with a fils score of 198.7.

Among other Olympic events, Indians made it to four more fils with Pooja Ghatkar finishing fourth in Women's 10m Air Rifle, Gurpreet Singh finishing 6th in the Men's 25m Rapid Fire Pistol which was won eventually by Germany's Olympic champion Christian Reitz and Chain Singh finishing seventh in the Men's 50m Rifle 3 Positions fil.

Former Olympic bronze medallist Gagan rang, who competed for the first time for his shooting academy Gun for Glory also finished fourth in the Men's 50m Rifle Prone event.

There were also impressive performances by the Indian men's 25m Standard Pistol team, which swept the medals in the event, with Neeraj Kumar winning Gold, Harpreet Singh Silver and Deepak Sharma the bronze medal. Veteran women's Rifle shooter Tejaswini Sawant also won silver in the 50m Rifle Prone event while Pemba Tamang won bronze in the Men's 25m Centre Fire Pistol. India thus returned with a haul of one gold, two silver and four bronze medals and with the second stage of the Intertiol Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup for Rifle and Pistol slated for later this month in Munich, Germany, this performance should do the squad a world of good. IANS

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