Dipika Pallikal and Saurav Ghosal scripted history on the squash court, while shooters also continued to deliver medals as India bagged two more bronze to boost their tally to six on the third day of the 17th Asian Games here.
Arjuna Awards and controversy go hand in hand but top Indian shooter Heena Sidhu feels some athletes are bestowed with the prestigious honour before their time. "I think every year there will be a controversy over awards and some or the other deserving athlete will miss out. Having said that, some of the decsions taken are pre-mature. I am sure there is a more efficient system to pick the athletes," Heena, who was conferred the Arjuna Award along with 13 other athletes at the Rashtrapati Bhavan here today, told PTI.
The gold medals were hard to come by this time but Indian shooters were nonetheless mostly on target as they reaped a rich harvest of 17 medals in the Commonwealth Games with the surprising exception of Olympic silver-medallist Vijay Kumar and the seasoned Heena Sidhu.
Unheralded 16-year-old Malaika Goel gave India their first shooting medal with a silver in the women`s 10m Air Pistol event while favourite Heena Sidhu fell by the wayside at the 20th Commonwealth Games here today.
Ace Indian shooter Heena Sidhu qualified for the 10-metre air pistol finals of the 2014 Commonwealth Games by raking in the maximum points in qualification at the Barry Buddon Shooting centre here Friday.
Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra and world number one in women`s 10-metre air pistol, Heena Sidhu, are expected to set the tone for the strong Indian shooting team, which begins its campaign in the 20th Commonwealth Games here on Friday.
Ace India shooter Heena Sidhu has teamed up with PETA India for a brand-new ad campaign that shows her holding her pistol and taking a self-portrait with her phone below the words "Shoot Selfies, Not Animals: Say No to Hunting".
The best phase of Heena Sidhu`s career may have "begun" but the recently-crowned world number one shooter says athletes tend to lose focus ahead of Olympic Games due to problems that are not necessarily related to sports.
World number two air pistol shooter Heena Sidhu continued her impressive form as she clinched a silver medal at the ISSF World Cup in Fort Benning, USA, the feat taking her closer to the numero uno spot in her event.
In what came as a major boost to India`s medal prospects in shooting, the Sports Authority of India (SAI) has sanctioned more than Rs two crore for specialised training to four elite marksmen with an eye on Commonwealth Games and Asian Games later this year.
World cup gold medallist Heena Sidhu was in third position in the precision round of 25 meter women pistol event, which was topped by Commonwealth Games gold medallist Anisa Sayyed at the 57th National Shooting Championship on Monday.
She has a penchant for shooting high scores in a crisis situation and history-creating pistol shooter Heena Sidhu, who has just won a gold medal in the World Cup finals in Munich, is now bracing up for next year`s World Championships where she wants to attain "peak" form.