Shreyasi Singh delivered India's fourth Gold medal in shooting at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast after winning the women's double trap event in a dramatic shoot-off against home favourite Emma Cox. Singh hit both the clay targets in the shoot-off, while Cox missed one to finish with silver. Ankur Mittal added a third medal to India's tally for the day after finishing with a score of 53 in the men's double trap final.
Earlier, after topping the qualification stage with a score of 549, Om Mitharval suffered a letdown in the last two rounds of the final to finish with bronze in the 50m men's pistol event at the Commonwealth Games on Wednesday.
With this win, Singh became the first Indian woman to win a Gold in the double trap event at the Games. She had also taken part in the same event in the last edition in Glasgow but had finished second on that occasion behind England's Charlotte Kerwood.
Singh is the only Indian to medal in the trap or double trap event at the quadrennial Games. This is easily the biggest medal of Singh's career till date.
Cox led Singh by seven points at the end of the third round but panicked in the fourth round, hitting only 18 of the 30 clays. Singh capitalised on it and shot 25 in the final round to end up with a score of 96. Varsha Varman missed out on the bronze by a single point after shooting a score on 86. Scotland's Linda Pearson won bronze after getting a score of 87.
Singh will next take part in the women's trap event on Friday and will be aiming to become the first Indian to win both the trap events at the Commonwealth Games.
Om Mitharval wins 50m pistol bronze
Mitharval was in gold medal position at the end of his 18th shot in the 24-shot final but shot scores of 7.2 and 7.6 from his final two shots to end up with bronze. He became the second Indian after Heena Sidhu to win two medals in this edition of the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast.
Australia's Daniel Repacholi won the gold medal with a score of 227.2 (a new Commonwealth Games record), while Shakil Ahmed (Bangladesh) won the silver with 220.5.
23-year-old Mitharval, participating in his first Commonwealth Games, had also finished first in the qualification round of the 10m air pistol event after shooting 584 points to equal the Commonwealth Games record, which was previously held solely by India's Samaresh Jung.
Mitharval had earlier won bronze in the 10m air pistol event, where Jitu Rai had won Gold. Rai, who was defending champion in the 50m pistol event, was the first to be eliminated in the final and finished eighth after scoring 105 in the final. Rai was eliminated after 12 shots, in which he managed just one score of 10 or over.
Mitharval's previous best result in the 10m air pistol was a fourth-place finish in the ISSF World Cup held in Guadalajara, Mexico, earlier this year.
Ankur Mittal wins double trap bronze, Ashab finishes fourth
Mittal and Ashab finished third and fourth in a very strong field that included Olympic silver medalist James Willett and Tim Kneale, who had won bronze in the same event in Rio.
However, Willett was the first shooter to be eliminated in the final. Ashab was the third shooter to be eliminated after he shot a score of 43, which was not enough to improve on his bronze in the same event in Glasgow four years ago.
Both Mittal and Kneale of Isle of Man finished with identical scores of 53/60, but Mittal has to settle for bronze as he had a lower qualification score than Kneale.
Ashab finished second in qualification while Mittal was fifth. Kneale had finished third in the qualification round behind Ashab and Scotland's David McMath, who went on to win Gold with a score of 74, setting a Games record in the process