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Jung as coach? Maybe!

Could we see 'Goldfinger' Samresh Jung donning the mantle of a full-time coach in the near future?

india Updated: May 11, 2006 01:47 IST

Could we see 'Goldfinger' Samresh Jung donning the mantle of a full-time coach in the near future? Well, not really in the near future, but the ace marksman has sure made up his mind that whenever he calls it a day, he would like to remain involved with the sport.

And the Delhi-based pistol shooter -- who bagged five gold medals at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games -- has started 'working' in that direction, as he readies himself for a short coaching stint at the Karni Singh Ranges from June 7.

The camp has been designed for beginners and first-timers and aims at introducing youngsters to shooting. "I would love to do that … give something back to the sport that has brought me so much success," said Jung who returned recently from the ISSF World Cup in Resende (Brazil).

"Although I have some commitments around that time and could be away for ammunition testing … I would like to be part of that programme and initiate youngsters into the sport," said Jung. The week long camp will also see other top shooters give tips and share their experiences with beginners.

"Our (former) coach, Tibor Gonczol, always kept telling us that to improve shooting skills one needs to 'indulge' in a bit of coaching as it helps you revise your basics," said Jung. On his maiden Brazilian stint, Jung said: "It was a mixed experience. The good part about the trip was that I made it to the air pistol final and went from eighth position to sixth.

"The bad part was, I performed below par in free pistol."

One thing's for sure, if Jung has made up his mind on coaching, he sure would be a hard taskmaster! Haven't we seen him train for hours on end at the Karni Singh Range?