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Pooja Ghatkar wins India a bronze on opening day of shooting World Cup

Pooja Ghatkar, 28-year-old, braves equipment malfunction to win medal in women’s 10m air rifle event of shooting World Cup at Delhi’s Karni Singh Shooting Ranges

other sports Updated: Feb 24, 2017 15:40 IST
Navneet Singh
Navneet Singh
Hindustan Times
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India’s Pooja Ghatkar after winning bronze in the women’s 10m air rifle event of the International Shooting Sports Federation World Cup at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Ranges on Friday. (HT Photo)

India’s Pooja Ghatkar won bronze in the women’s 10-metre air rifle on the opening day of the International Shooting Sports Federation World Cup at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Ranges here on Friday.

Elated after the podium finish, Ghatkar said: ‘’It was a great start for me and the team. Good score of 418.0 in the qualification gave me confidence to win a medal.’’

The final is of 24 shots. The eliminations start after 12 shots with the shooter with lowest score bowing out. The process is repeated after every two shots.

Ensuring bronze

After the 19th shot in the final, it was apparent that the battle for the top three positions will be between the three Chinese shooters and Ghatkar.

With China’s Mingyang Wu getting eliminated on the 20th shot, Ghatkar was assured of a bronze. Of course the other two Chinese shooters --- Mengyao Shi and Lijie Dong were far ahead. Shi won gold with 252.1 points and Dong’s settled for silver with 248.9. Ghatkar got bronze with 228.8 points.

Ghatkar had a minor setback in the final after her blinder tore. But she stayed calm. “It was very tricky situation. There were five shots left and a slip up could have spoiled the show,’’ she said.

Gagan tips worked

In the build up to the event, Ghatkar, 28, was training in Pune with London Olympic Games bronze medallist Gagan Narang. Ghatkar said it made lot of difference both mentally and technically. ‘’We also discussed a few key points on Thursday. It helped me stay focused throughout the preliminary round and the final,’’ she said.

Her mother Bharti had to take up an accommodation close to the range in Pune so that her daughter could spend more time training.

“We had to stay away from family for nearly six months. I am happy she got a medal,” said her mother.

First Published: Feb 24, 2017 15:29 IST