Heena Sidhu elated after CWG gold: “My score was good enough for any Olympic final”

first_imgHeena Sidhu was elated with her record-breaking performance at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games which helped her win her first CWG gold medal.The ace shooter had bagged Silver at the 10m Air Pistol event on Sunday. Two days later, she broke a Commonwealth Games record to win GoldIncidentally, this is her first major medal in the 25m pistol event with most of her other podium finishes being in 10m air pistolHeena Sidhu: The story of an accidental shooter who went to become a legendNaturally, Sidhu was thrilled at the end of a tiring day. In fact, her score of 38 is good enough to give her a real shot at an Olympic medal.”I am very happy that I got my first individual medal in 25m Pistol event. It’s also my first Gold at the Commonwealth Games with a new CWG record. In fact, the score I shot at the finals is good enough for any Olympic final as well. We have been working very hard on the finals and winning.. It’s shaping up really well now,” Sidhu told India Today.However, an Olympic medal is no mean feat. Sidhu, a seasoned professional, said it was important to prepare well and focus on the job at hand.”Whether it’s the Olympics or any other competition, you cannot really guarantee a medal. You can only guarantee a good performance.”You have to do what you have been working to do, With every match, the confidence rises but it can also backfire.advertisementCommonwealth Games 2018, Day 6: Medals Tally”You are going to all the matches with so much pressure and if you don’t perform, by the time the Olympics come, you feel you are not well prepared. The preparation is key, you have to make sure that you are walking towards your goal with every match. With this match also, that is what happened – we worked on certain things and in the match, I could deliver on that front. That really gives me a lot of confidence,” she said.CWG 2018: Heena Sidhu follows up 10m Air Pistol Silver with Gold in 25m PistolSidhu said the Commonwealth Games bring a lot of pressure because of the media scrutiny. But she said athletes wanted to prove themselves at the Games to bring glory for their country.”There’s a lot of media attention and the Games have the tradition of countries competing against each other. That brings a lot of pressure but that’s one of the reasons why athletes want to perform better at the Games rather than the World Cups or World Championships because it brings glory to their countries.”However, she said World Cups are important as well and it was important for her to keep performing in every tournament.last_img read more

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