Commonwealth Games: Singapore shooter Martina Veloso wins second gold, sets new record

Commonwealth Games: Singapore shooter Martina Veloso wins second gold, sets new record

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Martina Veloso celebrating with her gold medal after winning the women's 50m rifle prone finals on Apr 12. (Photo: Facebook/Team Singapore)

SINGAPORE: Shooter Martina Lindsay Veloso won Singapore's second gold medal at the Commonwealth Games on Thursday (Apr 12), after winning the women's 50m rifle prone event in a new Games record. 

The achievement comes on the back of her first gold medal of the Games on Monday in the women's 10m air rifle event, which she also did in record-breaking fashion. 

This is also the first time the Nanyang Polytechnic student is competing in the 50m rifle prone event at a major Games.

The 18-year-old Veloso finished the rifle prone finals with a final score of 621, ahead of India's Tejaswini Sawant who scored 618.9. 

The previous record of 620.7 was set in 2014 by New Zealand's Sally Johnston. 

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Martina Veloso competing in the women's 50m rifle prone event at the Commonwealth Games 2018 on Apr 12, 2018. (Photo: Reuters)

"I didn’t know I was leading at all. When I placed my rifle down, all the cameras were swarming at the back so I guess I won," Veloso told oktoSports. 

"I'm just glad I did what I'm supposed to do. In the beginning, I was a bit nervous as I didn't know what to expect. 

"To medal and win a gold medal, it's unbelievable."

Singapore's other shooter in the event, Jasmine Ser, finished in fifth place with a 615.6 score. 

Source: CNA/ng(aj)

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