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Ronjan sticks to basics, wins WC final gold

It's one thing to be a champion and another to be humble. For double-trap marksman Ronjan Sodhi, being humble and also being a world-beater are traits, which are not acquired but have come naturally.

india Updated: Sep 21, 2010 00:07 IST
Ajai Masand

It's one thing to be a champion and another to be humble. For double-trap marksman Ronjan Sodhi, being humble and also being a world-beater are traits, which are not acquired but have come naturally.

On Monday, after clinching the biggest victory of his career — a World Cup Finals gold at Izmir, Turkey --- the champion was as down-to-earth as ever, crediting his victory to hard work, patience and planning.

The Delhi marksman, who has honed his skills at the Dr Karni Singh Ranges for years, overcame windy conditions to emerge champion with a score of 192/200 to add to his two World Cup gold won in 2008 and 2010.

"The conditions at the range were extremely difficult with the wind coming from behind. The targets kept really low, but I stuck to the basics to win by four points," said the 30-year-old, who is India's best hope in his category at the Commonwealth Games.

Ronjan went into the final round of six shooters placed second (143/150) behind Qiang Pan of China (144). But the windy conditions came as a blessing in disguise, as the other marksmen simply faded away while Ronjan clinched the title in the year-end tournament for elite shooters.

In the final, Ronjan, who is also the world record holder in his event, shot a superb 49/50. China's Junjie Mo, who clinched silver, shot 47, while another Chinese Qiang busted just 43 clay pigeons to win bronze.

Olympic and Commonwealth Games gold-medallist Russell Mark from Australia could manage only 42 to finish sixth. "The key to my success is planning. After all these years of training, I know what will help me peak. I believe in the mantra that the more you win, the more you gain in confidence. Now, I am very confident about my shooting," said Ronjan, who won his first World Cup gold in Belgrade with a world record and again came good this year in Lonato, Italy.

On whether he got time to acclimatise in Turkey, given that he had left India on Wednesday, Ronjan said, "At this level, it doesn't take more than 3-4 days to acclimatise." Looking ahead, he said performing at home during the Commonwealth Games would be special. "The win in Turkey apart, it's always very special to shoot in front of the home crowd. I want to give my best shot and hope that India puts their best foot forward," added Ronjan.

Ronjan's coach, Moraad Ali Khan said, "I told him to not take too much of pressure. Unfortunately, I could not be with him in Turkey, but he has stood up to expectations."

Results: Ronjan Sodhi (Ind) 143 + 49 = 192; 2. Mo Junjie (Chn) 141 + 47 = 188; 3. Pan Qiang(Chn) 144 + 43 = 187.