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Ahmedabad girl shoots WR equaling score in National trialsWhen junior rifle shooter Elavenil Valarivan, 18, took the field to compete in the seniors trials on Tuesday, she had no idea she was going to shoot a world-record equaling score.Participating in only her fourth senior match, all Elavenil wanted to score well, but the Ahmedabad girl finished with a final score of 252.1 to win women’s 10m air rifle gold. She defeated her experienced senior Elizabeth Koshi (247.7) by 4 points, while Rio Olympics participant Ayonika Paul finished third with 226.1.Elavenil equaled the current senior world record which was created by China’s Shi Mengyao in the New Delhi World Cup in January this year. The record was made after new Final rules came into effect from January 1 this year. Although, Elavenil’s score will not be considered official by the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) as unless a score is shot at a world-level or continental competition, it is not considered official.Nonetheless, the Gujarat shooter is happy with her match. “I didn’t think too much about the scores, I wanted to shoot well. I am glad I did well to win the first place, ” Elavenil, who is a part of Gagan Narang’s Gun For Glory academy’s Project Leap, said.Having started shooting only three years ago, Elavenil had to slow down considering she had to appear for the standard 12 boards exam. “I had opted for science in 12th and couldn’t spend time on shooting. The only time I had was early in the morning, so I used to get up at 4 am and start training at 5.30 am. But now the boards exam are over and I am focusing on getting a place in the Indian senior team, ” Elavenil, who made it to the India juniors squad this year, told TOI from Ahmedabad.
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Jabalpur emerges overall champion in Gun for Glory Air Weapon Shooting C’shipProving its excellence, Jabalpur team bagged the overall championship of 4th state-level Gun for Glory Air Weapon Shooting Championship. The championship was organised under the auspices of Madhya Pradesh State Rifle Association.Players of Jabalpur team exhibited superb targeting performance and clinched 38 of total 63 medals in the competition. On the basis of their performance a total of 27 players have secured their berths to participate in forthcoming pre-national competitions. Chief guest on the occasion was Arjun Award recipient, Madhu Yadav while Madhya Pradesh Olympic Association, Secretary, Digvijay Singh and Bhartiya Janata Party, Backward Cell, vice-president, Surendra Singh Rathore were special guests.It may be noted that Gun for Glory Shooting Academy hosted fourth state-level competition and its shooters qualified for pre-national, national and Indian team trials and participated in Asian and World Shooting Competitions.Gun for Glory, Director, Prashant Jain and Coach, Nishant Nathvani informed that the competitions were organised in special presence of Madhya Pradesh State Rifle Association, vice-president, DK Shukla and general secretary, Rakesh Shukla. More than 180 boy and girl players representing different district teams participated in their respective categories.In the championship, Jabalpur team won 11 gold, 13 silver and 14 bronze medals. In Rifle Shooting competition, Ramayani Baghel bagged gold medals while Abhinesh Agrawal, Isha Gupta, Ankit Patel, Shivam Toriya and Shakti Chakrawarty won single gold medals each while Anurag Chouhan and Shivangi Tomar won two – two silver medals, Prasanna Kumar, Harsha Chouhan, Yutika Tiwari and Kushal Singh Bhadoria secured single silver medals each.Piyush Patel, Anurag Singh Chouhan, Isha Gupta, Swati Vishwakarma, Mradul Pandey, Ankit Patel, Rashi Pandey, Muskan Sahu, Vipul Singh Thakur and Yash Jain secured single bronze medals.In Pistol Shooting, Dharmesh Shrivastava, Anuj Ratanprabha, Shrusti Patil and Yash Agrawal won gold medals while Meghna Malik won two silver, Siddhi Rathi, Viplav Kothari and Hritik Tiwari won silver medals. Ankit Raj Chandrol, Anjali Vigh, Ashutosh Richaria and Devansh Nandvani secured bronze medals.
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Recognition boost for Gagan Narang’s catch ’em young projectLondon Olympics bronze medallist Gagan Narang has been doing grassroot work for budding shooters for some time. In partnership with various state governments, his organisation — Gagan Narang Sports Promotion foundation — has opened 17 ‘Gun for Glory’ (GFG) shooting academies, to train youngsters.For outstanding work in mentoring and coaching, it was honoured by Tata Institute of Social Sciences at the TISS Leapvault CLO awards on Friday. In a chat with Express, the veteran shooter talked about his own and the foundation’s plans. It was soon after his stupendous performance at the 2010 CWG in Delhi, where he grabbed four gold medals, that he decided to start a sports promotion foundation. “After CWG, a lot of parents would approach me seeking guidance for their kids. To address the issue, I thought of starting the foundation.It was a way of giving back to the game, which has given me so much in life and the foundation started in 2011, ” the 34-year-old said on Saturday. Narang considers making the sport accessible his foundation’s biggest success. “Shooting is expensive. A gun costs anywhere between Rs 2.5-3 lakh. There is an entry-level barrier even for talented people. We provide trainees everything, from guns to jackets at a fee of Rs 5, 500. To remove the cost barrier is the best feeling, ” said Narang, who is preparing for the upcoming Commonwealth Shooting Championship and Asian Air Gun Championship.The 17 GFG academies have trained about 3, 500 students till now. “German gun manufacturer, Walther, has helped by providing guns free of cost.” Around two months ago, a new initiative — Project Leap — was started to identify next generation shooters who could be medal prospects at international events. Under the watchful eyes of Narang, 23 shooters from different parts of the country were selected after selection trials involving physical and technical skills.“These shooters will be fully funded. The total cost is estimated to be around Rs 1.2 crore, ” Narang noted. Asked who the future stars from the GFG academies could be, he said, “Youngsters like Mahima (Agarwal), Shreya (Agarwal) and Elavenil are already a part of the junior Indian team.” Shreya won silver at the recently concluded KSS Memorial Shooting Championship. What’s next? “We already have two academies here. A third one, in association with Sports Authority of Telangana State (SATS), named SATS-GFG Shooting Academy will be launched soon, ” Narang revealed.
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