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Heena Sidhu greets Bibiana Chin Pei NG after women's 10m air pistol singles shooting event at Dr K Singh Shooting Range. -PTI
England's Gault falls short of record

Mick Gault (ENG) missed out taking his impressive Commonwealth Games medal collection to 18 after finishing seventh in the Men's Singles 25 m Standard Pistol at Dr. Karni Singh Shooting Range today. The result keeps him one medal short of matching Australian Philip Adams's Games record.

“He’s taking it quite philosophically,” Gault’s coach Tom Redhead (ENG) said. “Obviously he’s disappointed, but you can also look at it from the positive side. He already had 15 medals and now he’s got 17.”

Gault, who won Bronze in the Men’s 25 m Standard Pistol Pairs and Silver in the Men’s 10 m Air Pistol Pairs, was nervous shooting at his last event at Delhi 2010.

“I’ve been under a lot of pressure most of the time from the media. But, I feel like I performed to the best of my ability. Sometimes you get a medal, sometimes not,” he said.

“I made one or two silly errors today and missed a medal by only eight points. I’m satisfied with my 10s but made a few mistakes in the 20s.”

Gault and his coach are coping with a severe disadvantage compared to shooters from some other countries.

“Shooting is professional and very well funded in Singapore, Malaysia and India, whereas we have to deal with this handgun ban in the United Kingdom following the Dunblane Massacre in 1996. Even the Olympic shooters fall under this ban,” Redhead said.

"In the UK, I'm only allowed to train at two ranges, which are a 2-1/2 and 3-1/2 hour drive from my home," Gault said.

"It's not that you can go and train an hour after your work. I can only shoot in the weekends and that's only for the past six months because there is a special dispensation with the London 2012 Olympics in sight. Before that, we had to go to Switzerland for training."

Redhead rates the accomplishments of Gault as outstanding, but feels he could have done a lot better if he was able to shoot every day.

"Compare it to tennis. You give someone a racket, let him train for six weeks in a year and then set him up against Roger Federer. At least Mick (Gault) took a set from him.”

On the women's front, Heena Sidhu won Silver at Dr. Karni Singh Range here today. Having won the women's 10 metre air pistol pairs event, Heena won her second medal in the form of a Silver when she shot 481.6 behind Malaysia's Chin Bibiana NG Pei (481.9) in the singles 10m air pistol for women. Dina Aspandiyarova of Australia got the Bronze with 478.8.

Heena Sidhu on her Silver medal, she says, “Silver was not on my mind, it was Gold. Anyway, I tried hard. Hard luck I didn’t win. I didn’t know I was leading. I was focusing on my job. I wasn’t calculating the scores.”

About her performance, she says “The Qualification round didn’t go well. And this isn’t what I had expected in the final.  I usually shoot better scores in the final than this (481.6 points). But it’s OK, I tried hard and I tried not to get a bad shot." The next thing on her mind right now is the Asian Games and she plans to do better. About her preparations, “I train on the targets for two hours every day and one hour I devote to physical exercise. Before sleeping I meditate.” She later confesses that her Gold winning competitor Ng Pei Chin Bibiana did a good job, but says that her own final (Heena Sidhu) wasn't good. – Inputs from GNS and PTI