Indian shooter Shreyasi Singh shot her career-best score to clinch the gold medal in the women’s double trap final. Singh shot 96 points in the final and defeated Australia’s Emma Cox at the 21st Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast.
Varsha Varman, the second Indian in the fray, missed out on the bronze by a narrow margin. She scored 86 to finish fourth, just a single point behind bronze medalist Linda Pearson of Scotland.
Singh comes from a family of shooting enthusiasts, with both grandfather Kumar Surendra Singh and father Digvijay Singh serving as presidents of the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI).
Shreyasi took up the sport as part of her grandfather Kumar’s wishes, who wanted someone in the family to excel at shooting. An Arts graduate from Hansraj College, and a Master of business administration from Manav Rachna International University, the shooter has been trained by former Olympian Mansher Singh. Shreyasi, daughter of former National Rifles Association President Digvijay Singh, lost him on the eve of the 2010 Games, which threw her campaign into disarray. Shreyasi also won gold in the women’s trap event in the National Shooting Championships in 2012. She finished 15th in the 2013 Trap Shooting World Cup in Mexico. She had also won Silver in Glasgow in 2014. Before the start of the 2018 Commonwealth Games, Shreyasi Singh won silver at the 2017 Commonwealth Championships in Brisbane.
Congratulations Shreyasi Singh on becoming the first Indian woman to win a Gold in the double trap event at Commonwealth Games at GC2018. You have made the entire country proud.