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Jung keen to round off 2006 with medal in Doha

Jung is confident for medal despite of stiff competition from shooters of China, Japan and South Korea.

india Updated: Nov 27, 2006 19:54 IST

After launching the season with a breathtaking performance at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games, Samresh Jung is keen to round it off in style with a medal at the 15th Asian Games in Doha in December.

The pistol shooter is confident that the tough competition from shootersof China, Japan and South Korea notwithstanding, he can clinch a medal provided he can replicate his scores in the selection trials.

"Currently, I am in good form and if I am able to replicate my practice session scores at the Asiad, I think I will be very happy," Jung, the 'Athlete of the Melbourne Games' in March with five gold medals, told.

Jung had surpassed the Asian Games record in centrefire pistol at selection trials in Indore, besides equaling the Olympic record in 10m air pistol event.

The 35-year old, who won the Teacher's Achievement Award for achievement in sports yesterday, also said that India's marksmen would better their Busan Asian Games performance of winning two silver medals in Doha.

"The competition at the Asiad will be tougher than the Commonwealth Games and I guess everybody knows that. But the squad is hopeful of performing better than in 2002 Busan Asiad Games," he said.

"What matters to me is to perform to my optimum level and if others shoot better than me, I can't help it," said Jung, currently ranked 21st in the world.

Jung was elated to receive the Teacher's Achievement award. "I was not prepared for this. I thought first being nominated was great but winning it is better. I thank the jury, coaches and the association," he said.

First Published: Nov 27, 2006 19:54 IST