Shooter Heena Sidhu surprised by World Cup Final gold

Published: Nov 12, 2013, 00:36 IST | Agencies |

Heena Sidhu, who clinched the gold medal in the 10m Air Pistol women's event at the ISSF World Cup Final here on Sunday, said the medal came as a surprise to her.

Sidhu did not really expect to finish atop the ISSF World Cup Final podium as she had not even been shortlisted among the eight shooters to participate in event. “This medal is a bit of surprise. I was not even supposed to participate in this World Cup Final.

The qualified athlete could not come here, and later two qualified shooters withdrew their participation. I was the next in the qualification line and I picked up the chance. I had to do my visa and arrange a flight to come here in two days!” Sidhu was quoted as saying by

The 24-year-old beat reigning World Champion Zorana Arunovic in the final face-to-face, closing the round with a total score of 203.8 points to Arunovic’s 198.6 points.

Four-time Olympian Viktoria Chaika, from Belarus, clinched the bronze medal with 176.8 points. “There’s a lot of work behind this Cup (win). I started shooting because my family is involved in the sport, and I became a professional athlete when I found out that I was good at it.

I have been training for years without winning any world-level medal. Today was just my day; everything came together. “I love this sport. Shooting is all about yourself. By practicing this sport, you get to know yourself.

It’s all about learning how to keep it cool when the pressure is rising, building up concentration, and learning how to schedule your daily work... it reflects on
every aspect of your life,” she added. 

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