Arjun Cheema spoils Sidhu twins’ double gold foray

Sports Reporter
Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Chandigarh twins were within a fifth of a point, that is 0.2 points, of winning both the gold medals at stake when Cheema sneaked in. Later Udhayveer won the Under-17 gold comfortably.

PUNE: World Junior Championship bronze medallist Arjun Singh Cheema spoiled what could have been a glorious day for Sidhu twins Vijayveer and Udhayveer, who were on course of a double gold medal haul before the Punjab shooter came in the way and won by the slenderest of margins in the Men’s Under-21 10m Air Pistol event at the Khelo India Youth Games shooting competition at the Balewadi Ranges here on Monday.

Chandigarh twins were within a fifth of a point, that is 0.2 points, of winning both the gold medals at stake when Cheema sneaked in. Later Udhayveer won the Under-17 gold comfortably.

Vijayveer made a gallant bid to upstage his rival with two very good shots for 10.5 and 10.7 in the climactic moments. But even though his team-mate got only 9.9 and 9.8 with his last two shots, the Mandi Gobingram-born Cheema had done well from the start of the final to hold on to a victory by a wafer-thin margin (241.2-240.9) in the Under-21 final.

Later, Udhayveer ran out winner of the Under-17 final. He made light of qualifying in sixth place and kept challenging leader Rajkanwar Singh, again of Punjab, until he crumbled in the last four shots.

Udhayveer trailed till after the 20th shot but followed that up with 10.8, 10.5, 10.3 and 9.3. Rajkanwar’s meltdown saw him shoot 9.9, 9.1, 9.6 and 9.9 and finish second (238.8-241.1)

RESULTS
Men:
Under-21:
10m air pistol: 1. Arjun Singh Cheema (Pun) 241.2; 2. Vijayveer Sidhu (Chd) 240.9; 3. Sarabjot Singh (Har) 218.6.

Under-17:
10m air pistol: 1. Udayveer Sidhu (Chd) 241.1; 2. Rajkanwar Singh (Pun) 238.8; 3. Mukesh Nelavalli (AP) 216.7.

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