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Commonwealth Games: Shooter Teo Shun Xie wins Singapore's first gold medal

The 25-year old won the Women's 10m Air Pistol event, coming out tops in the 28-strong field. Her score of 198.6 is a Games record.

GLASGOW: Singapore shooter Teo Shun Xie has won Singapore's first gold medal at the Commonwealth Games. The 25-year-old was on target in the Women's 10m Air Pistol event, coming out tops in the 28-strong field which included world number one Heena Sidhu of India, who finished seventh.

Teo was pushed to the end by another Indian shooter, Malaika Goel, at the Barry Buddon Shooting Centre. But the Singaporean kept her nerve to secure the top spot, with just 1.5 points separating her from Goel.

Her score of 198.6, which is a Games record, clinched the gold, with third spot going to Canada's Dorothy Ludwig.

"I didn't really do very well for my for my qualification, but with the new final format it allowed me to catch up and do what I have been training for," said Teo. "I am really glad that I stuck to my game plan. I will continue to persevere so that my hard work will pay off and then focus on the next event, which is the 25m Sports Pistol."

Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Mr Lawrence Wong, who is in Glasgow to attend the Games, said he was very proud of her. "It was such good timing because we were all at the Games Village at the time when she was doing her final shoot and we managed to catch it on TV," he said. "So, congratulations to Shun Xie. We cheer her and we are very happy for her."

He also lauded the way she won her medal: "She was initially, I think, at seventh place, and she fought her way, all the way, to the very top. So that shows tremendous resilience and tremendous confidence to keep fighting and to keep persevering. So well done to her and I hope that it will also inspire all our other athletes to also keep up the fighting spirit and do their very best throughout the Games." 

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