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India's shooters go out in a whimper, a silver & bronze on final day

India's shooters may have been the shinning light of the 19th edition of the Commonwealth Games winning 14 Gold medals and 30 overall, however, they failed to end the Games on a high picking up just a Silver and a Bronze on the final day of competition. Heena Sidhu won the Silver medal in the Women's 10m Air Pistol event while Samresh Jung won a Bronze in the 25m Standard Pistol Mens event. World Champion Gagan Narang had a rare off day, failing to qualify for the finals of the 50m Rifle Prone event

Heena Sidhu fell just 0.3 short of a gold in the Air Pistol event, finishing with a score of 481.6 just behind Malaysia's Pei Chin Bibiana.  Sidhu was incredibly disappointed with her performance, saying, "I was leading till the seventh shot and still I couldn't win. I am not happy with my performance and should have won the gold medal."


Australia win Women's Hockey Gold, beating New Zealand in a penalty shoot-out

New Zealand were denied a Commonwealth Games women's hockey gold medal by the cruelest of circumstances today. The higher-ranked Australian beat New Zealand in the final in a penalty shootout after scores were locked at 2-2 at full-time and after 15 minutes of golden goal extra time.  Australia won the shootout 4-2.

The New Zealanders showed their fighting spirit by equalising at 2-2 with only 35 seconds of normal time remaining. They had the better of the second half and had plenty of chances in the extra time period. However, the Australians absorbed the pressure and in the penalty shootout, there were two missed shots by the New Zealanders and only one by the Australians.


Cottrell: A bronzed Aussie

World number five Kelsey Cottrell has claimed Australia's third lawn bowls medal at the Delhi Commonwealth Games after securing bronze against Malaysia's Siti Zalina Ahmad in electrifying circumstances this evening (13/10).

Despite dropping just one of her 11 matches in Delhi, Cottrell's only blemish came at the most inopportune of times, with world number one Val Smith, who went on to settle for silver after failing to overcome England's Natalie Melmore, striking in the semi-final. Having to regroup quickly to play Ahmad, who had won gold in Manchester and Melbourne, the Australian young gun hammered the Malaysian over maximum distance, relinquishing last bowl in favour of taking the mat.


Cassidy wins Bronze in 1500m at Commonwealth Games

Josh Cassidy (Guelph, ON), Canada's top male wheelchair racer, returned home from Delhi with a T54 1500m bronze medal from day seven of the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

Cassidy was predicted to make the podium and wasn't far from placing gold. "It was my intention to get away early, which I did,", he said. "I had a great first 400m out in front and was leading at 800m. I pulled over to let the next guys through to take their turn in front but they slowed the race right down on an already slow track at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.


Selby to roll for Commonwealth Gold, Cottrell beaten in semi-final

A golden finish is up for grabs for the Australian lawn bowls team at the Delhi Commonwealth Games this evening. With two silver medals already in the bank, world number two Leif Selby will roll for gold against Wales' Robert Weale, while world number five Kelsey Cottrell will contest the bronze medal play-off against Malaysia's Siti Zalina Ahmad.

During an engrossing semi-final against Northern Ireland's Gary Kelly, Selby hung tough- despite confessing that he struggled with his rhythm- as he posted a 9-9, 9-7 victory to guarantee himself of a medal.


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