Jaipur, April 11: Rajasthan’s ace shooter Om Mitharwal won a second medal, another bronze in the men’s 50 metre Pistol event at the 21st Commonwealth Games on Wednesday.
His village in Sihodi panchayat, Nimri in Sikar’s Srimadhopurare, erupted in joy. His mother and wife Anju Devi began distributing ladoos as soon the news of his victory reached them.
Mitharwal registered a total score of 201.1 in the final at Gold Coast. Australia’s Daniel Repacholi clinched the gold medal with a new CWG record of 227.2. Shakil Ahmed of Bangladesh took silver with 220.5.
The other Indian in the fray and defending champion Jitu Rai had a disappointing outing.
Mitharwal had a good start in the final, scoring 111.3 after the first round in Stage 2 to take the second spot behind Singapore’s Swee Hon Lim.
But Daniel scored 10.0 and 10.1 to take the lead in the next round. The local favourite then produced a string of consistent scores to blow away the opposition and hold on to the pole position till the end.
Earlier, Indian shooters Om Mitharwal and Jitu Rai qualified for the final of the men’s 50 metre Pistol event at the 21st Commonwealth Games (CWG) here on Wednesday.
Ace shooter and Olympic silver medalist and union minister Rajyavardhan Rathore tweeted after Mitharwal’s success:
“Om shoots his 2nd medal! Consistency and focus, Om Mitharval has displayed both in his performances. Many Congratulations to him on shooting a bronze in the 50 m men’s Pistol event today.”