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29 August 1989 |
Ludhiana, Punjab, India
|Education||Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS)|
|Alma mater||Yadavindra Public School, Patiala
Gian Sagar Medical Institute.
|Height||163 cm (5 ft 4 in) (As of April 2013[update])|
|Weight||50.5 kg (111 lb) (As of April 2013[update])|
|Spouse(s)||Ronak Pandit (m. 2013)|
|Rank||No.1 (7 April 2014)|
Heena Sidhu pronunciation (help·info) is an Indian sport shooter. She is the first Indian Pistol shooter to be Ranked World No.1 (as on 7 April 2014) by ISSF. She is also the first Indian Pistol shooter to have won a Gold medal in the 2013 ISSF World Cup Finals -Pistol in 10 metre Air Pistol event. She thus became the third Indian shooter after Anjali Bhagwat (2003) and Gagan Narang (2008) to win a Gold medal in a Rifle/Pistol World Cup Finals.
Heena Sidhu is also the first Indian shooter who has appeared on the ISSF magazine's cover page for the first time ever since the National Rifle Association of India was formed on 17 Apr 1951. Sidhu is the Finals World record holder in 10 metre air pistol event with a final score of 203.8.
Heena Sidhu completed her graduation in BDS(Bachelor of Dental Surgery) in 2013. She comes from an affluent Jat family. Her Uncle Inderjit Sidhu is a professional Gun-Smith and a Guns customizer, which was indeed a critical variable in making her take up shooting as a professional Sport. Her Father, Mr.Rajbir Sidhu has always been very supportive, being a National shooter himself, he supported her in pursuing her dream of making her country proud and taking up shooting as a profession. Along with her Father Rajbir, her younger brother Karanbir Sidhu has also represented India in the same event. Heena Sidhu got married to Ronak Pandit who himself is a pistol shooter of repute on 7 February 2013. She now lives in Goregaon Mumbai.
Sidhu has been a practicing shooter since 2006 when she was in 12th standard and by the end of that year she made it into the National Junior Team, and also entered into the Senior Team with in months. Although, Sidhu started practicing shooting quite late but began participating in different competitions from 2007. She played for the Patiala Club and is right handed shooter with right being her dominant eye. Heena, along with Annu Raj Singh and Sonia Rai, won a silver medal in the Women's 10m Air Pistol Team event at the 2010 Asian Games held in Guangzhou, China.
She along with Annu Raj Singh won the gold medal in women's Pairs 10 metre air pistol at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. Heena (384) and Annu (375) won the 14th gold medal for India from the shooting range. She also won a silver medal in the singles event.
Sidhu made it to the Indian squad that represented the nation in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. She competed in the Women's 10 metre air pistol event, finishing 12th in the qualification round. The 2012 London Olympic Games was Sidhu's first Olympic Games.
Sidhu was also a part of the Official London Olympic Games movie, "FIRST: The Story of the London 2012 Olympic Games" written, produced and directed by Caroline Rowland which follows a dozen first-time Olympic athletes on their journey from their homes in different corners of the globe to meet their fate in London [Olympic Games].
In 2013, she won the best medal a shooter could dream of by winning the Gold in the ISSF World Cup Finals - Rifle/Pistol in Munich, Germany. In the finals of the competition she defeated reigning World Champion Zorana Arunovic of Serbia and previous edition's champion Olena Kostevych of Ukraine by shooting 203.8 points, with huge lead margin of more than 5 points at the end of the event. International Shooting Sport Federation has decided to feature her on the cover of ISSF Journal for her incredible win. In 2014 National Shooting trials, Sidhu won by 0.1 point from another World Cup gold medalist Indian Shooter, Rahi Sarnobat in women’s air pistol event.
Sidhu qualified to her second Olympics held at Rio in 2016, in the Women's 10 metre air pistol and Women's 25 metre pistol events. She finished 14th in the Women's 10 metre air pistol and 20th in the Women's 25 metre pistol in the qualification rounds and failed to enter the finals of both the events.
Achievements and accolades
In honor of her international achievements, Heena Sidhu was conferred the prestigious Arjuna Award along with 13 other athletes at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on 28 August 2014 by the Hon'ble President of India.
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- Indian shooter Heena Sidhu refuses to wear ‘hijab’, pulls out of Asian shooting championship in Iran, India TV, 29 October 2016
- Joshua Arpit Nath: Indian Shooter Heena Sidhu Refuses To Wear A Hijab, Withdraws From Airgun Competition In Iran, The Times of India, 29 October 2016