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20-year-old woman shooter from Greater Noida bags 7 medals at national championship

Shreya Saksena bagged five golds and three silver medals at the championship in rifle shooting.

noida Updated: Dec 22, 2017 17:34 IST
Vaibhav Jha
Vaibhav Jha
Hindustan Times, Greater Noida
Shreya Saksena,61st National Shooting Championship,Thiruvananthapuram
20-year-old Shreya Saksena bagged seven medals at the National shooting championships held in Thiruvananthapuram in December 2017.(HT Photo)

A 20-year-old shooter from Greater Noida, Shreya Saksena made the city proud by bagging seven medals in both senior and junior category at the 61st National Shooting Championship (Rifle/pistol) held in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.

Saksena bagged five gold medals and three silver medals at the championship in two separate events of rifle shooting- 50 metres prone (women) and 50 metres three positions (women). In 50 metre prone, a shooter has 60 shots while lying down with the belly touching the ground in the 75 minutes time frame. In 50 metres 3 position, the shooter has 60 shots with 20 each in three, standing erect, with one knee touching the ground and with belly touching the ground.

“I won five gold medals in 50 metres prone women senior (civilian), 50 metre women junior (national) and 50 metres prone women junior (civilian), 50 metres 3 positions women junior (national) and 50 metres 3 positions women junior (civilian). I also won two silver medals in 50 metres 3 positions women senior (national) and 50 metre women senior (civilian),” said Saksena.

The event held by The National Rifle Association of India began at Thiruvananthapuram on December 11.

Saksena also broke the national record in the category of 50 metres 3 positions women seniors (national and civilian) and 50 metres prone women junior (civilian).

“It was a great feeling to make my mark on the national level and I am grateful to my parents and coach Manoj sir for their full support and dedication. While participating with seniors, I had mixed feelings and I was feeling anxious. But I regained my composure and did my best,” said Saksena.

This is the first time that Saksena had participated in both senior and junior category as she bid farewell to her ‘junior’ stints with this championship.

“To participate in both senior and junior categories, it is necessary to reach the qualifying marks. I will be participating in only senior category from next year and it is a big leap for my career. I am both excited and nervous about it,” said Saksena.

Her parents Anurag Saksena and Sumita Saksena were also present during the championship to support their daughter.

“We are elated with our daughter’s performance and we were present all this while to support her and be at her side. Now, she will focus on bigger goals,” said Anurag.

Saksena will now be aiming towards a seat in the coveted national shooting team (seniors). She is already a member of the juniors team.

“We have our trials in February next year and the marks of this national championship and trials will be added to select the shooters for national team,” said Saksena.

First Published: Dec 22, 2017 17:34 IST