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Anish creates history; gold for Tejasvini

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BRISBANE, April 13: Anish Bhanwala, a boy aged 15, trumped the men standing in his way to become India�s youngest-ever gold medallist at the Commonwealth Games after Tejaswini Sawant added another yellow metal to her decorated CWG resume, here today.

In a sensational CWG debut, Anish shot a Games record score of 30 to claim the top prize in the men�s 25m rapid fire pistol event.

The 37-year-old Tejaswini claimed the top prize by shattering the Games record in women�s 50m rifle 3 positions event while putting in the shade compatriot and silver winner Anjum Moudgil�s remarkable resilience.

In the women�s trap, Shreyasi Singh reached her second final of the ongoing Games, two days after winning the double trap gold, but could only manage a fifth place finish this time around.

Anish entered the six-man final having topped the second stage of qualification with a total score of 580 that had 22 central bulls.

The youngest in the field, he showed nerves of steel and led the more experienced shooters through the event to emerge a deserving champion.

Australia�s Sergei Evglevski claimed the silver with 28 while the bronze medal went to Sam Gowin (17) of England.

India�s other entrant in the event, Neeraj Kumar (13) was the second shooter to be eliminated in the finals after a shoot-off.

By winning the gold, Anish bettered team-mate 16-year-old Manu Bhaker, who had become the youngest Indian Commonwealth Games gold medallist earlier this week when she emerged champion in the 10m air rifle finals.

Tejaswini held the lead from the first shot in the finals and broke the CWG record with 457.9.

She scored 152.4 in kneeling and 157.1 in prone positions before the eight finalists entered the elimination stage.

The previous record of 449.1 was set by Jasmine Ser Xiang Wei of Singapore at the Glasgow Games in 2014.

Moudgil, 24, had led the qualification with a Games record herself and carried the form into the final where she shot 455.7, holding the second position with scores of 151.9 in kneeling and 157.1 in prone.

Scotland�s Seonaid Mcintosh won bronze with 444.6.

This was an improvement on the silver Tejaswini won in the 50m rifle prone yesterday.

This is the seventh CWG medal for Tejaswini, following two golds in 2006, a pair of silvers and a bronze in 2010 and a silver in women�s 50m rifle prone in the ongoing edition.

For Arjuna awardee Tejaswini, who in 2010 became the first Indian to win gold at the Shooting World Championship, her two podium finishes in successive days here will somewhat make up for the disappointing showing at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

In the qualification, Moudgil had shattered the CWG Qualifying record by a significant margin. Her 589 (196 in kneeling, 199 in prone and 194 in standing) ensures she finished at the top in qualifying. � PTI

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Anish creates history; gold for Tejasvini

BRISBANE, April 13: Anish Bhanwala, a boy aged 15, trumped the men standing in his way to become India�s youngest-ever gold medallist at the Commonwealth Games after Tejaswini Sawant added another yellow metal to her decorated CWG resume, here today.

In a sensational CWG debut, Anish shot a Games record score of 30 to claim the top prize in the men�s 25m rapid fire pistol event.

The 37-year-old Tejaswini claimed the top prize by shattering the Games record in women�s 50m rifle 3 positions event while putting in the shade compatriot and silver winner Anjum Moudgil�s remarkable resilience.

In the women�s trap, Shreyasi Singh reached her second final of the ongoing Games, two days after winning the double trap gold, but could only manage a fifth place finish this time around.

Anish entered the six-man final having topped the second stage of qualification with a total score of 580 that had 22 central bulls.

The youngest in the field, he showed nerves of steel and led the more experienced shooters through the event to emerge a deserving champion.

Australia�s Sergei Evglevski claimed the silver with 28 while the bronze medal went to Sam Gowin (17) of England.

India�s other entrant in the event, Neeraj Kumar (13) was the second shooter to be eliminated in the finals after a shoot-off.

By winning the gold, Anish bettered team-mate 16-year-old Manu Bhaker, who had become the youngest Indian Commonwealth Games gold medallist earlier this week when she emerged champion in the 10m air rifle finals.

Tejaswini held the lead from the first shot in the finals and broke the CWG record with 457.9.

She scored 152.4 in kneeling and 157.1 in prone positions before the eight finalists entered the elimination stage.

The previous record of 449.1 was set by Jasmine Ser Xiang Wei of Singapore at the Glasgow Games in 2014.

Moudgil, 24, had led the qualification with a Games record herself and carried the form into the final where she shot 455.7, holding the second position with scores of 151.9 in kneeling and 157.1 in prone.

Scotland�s Seonaid Mcintosh won bronze with 444.6.

This was an improvement on the silver Tejaswini won in the 50m rifle prone yesterday.

This is the seventh CWG medal for Tejaswini, following two golds in 2006, a pair of silvers and a bronze in 2010 and a silver in women�s 50m rifle prone in the ongoing edition.

For Arjuna awardee Tejaswini, who in 2010 became the first Indian to win gold at the Shooting World Championship, her two podium finishes in successive days here will somewhat make up for the disappointing showing at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

In the qualification, Moudgil had shattered the CWG Qualifying record by a significant margin. Her 589 (196 in kneeling, 199 in prone and 194 in standing) ensures she finished at the top in qualifying. � PTI

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