Chandigarh twins Vijayveer Sidhu
and Udhayveer Sidhu were within a fifth of a point, that is 0.
2 points, of winning both the gold medals in shooting at stake
at the Khelo India Youth Games here Monday.
Coming in the way of that dream was World Junior
Championship bronze medallist Arjun Singh Cheema of Punjab,
who edged out Vijayveer Sidhu in the Under-21 final by the
slenderest of margins.
Later, Udhayveer Sidhu won the Under-17 gold
comfortably, a media release said.
Vijayveer Sidhu made a gallant bid to upstage his
rival with two very good shots for 10.5 and 10.7 in the
But even though his team-mate got only 9.9 and 9.8
with his last two shots, Cheema had done well from the start
of the final to hold on to a victory by a wafer-thin margin
(241.2-240.9) in the Under-21 final, it said.
Later, Udhayveer Sidhu made light of qualifying in
sixth place and kept challenging leader Rajkanwar Singh, again
of Punjab, until he crumbled in the last four shots.
Udhayveer Sidhu trailed till after the 20th shot but
followed that up with 10.8, 10.5, 10.3 and 9.3.
Rajkanwar Singh's meltdown saw him shoot 9.9, 9.1, 9.
6 and 9.9 and finish second (238.8-241.1).
The day started on a disappointing note with news of
the celebrated world junior and Asian Games champion Saurabh
Chaudhry (Uttar Pradesh) deciding against competing here.
The results (finals): Men junior (under-21) 10m air
pistol: 1. Arjun Singh Cheema (Punjab) 241.2; 2. Vijayveer
Sidhu (Chandigarh) 240.9; 3. Sarabjot Singh (Haryana) 218.6.
Men junior (under-17) 10m air pistol: 1.Udayveer Sidhu
(Chandigarh) 241.1; 2. Rajkanwar Singh (Punjab) 238.8; 3.
Mukesh Nelavalli (Andhra Pradesh) 216.7.