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Prakash Nanjappa sets new targets ahead of 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Prakash Nanjappa has already begun preparations for the 10-metre air pistol event at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics by adding new weapons to his arsenal.

other-sports Updated: Aug 04, 2017 18:22 IST
Navneet Singh
Navneet Singh
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Prakash Nanjappa at Karni Singh Shooting Ranges in Delhi with South Korean expert Kim Seon-Il.
Prakash Nanjappa at Karni Singh Shooting Ranges in Delhi with South Korean expert Kim Seon-Il. (HT Photo)

Prakash Nanjappa, international pistol shooter, has made radical innovations to his training plans for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. Among them is having a full-time coach.

The day after he was recommended for the prestigious Arjuna Award, the Olympian said: “I have made overall changes in my training to cut down on error during competitions. It is a challenging task, but I am enjoying the routine.”

Firstly, he has shifted his focus to the 10-metre air pistol event since the 50m free pistol has been scrapped from the next Olympic Games. At the Rio Games, he finished 25th in the 50m event with a score of 547.

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Secondly, he has changed his weapon. “All the changes collectively should help me polish my skills. I have changed my technique with an aim to be more consistent at the global level,” he added.

The pistol shooter though has chalked out plans with his South Korean coach Kim Seon-Il, a former coach with the Korean national team. Prior to the Rio Games, the Korean expert was helping him occasionally, but now he is based in Pune.

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The Bangalore-based shooter wants to make an impact in the 2018 Commonwealth Games in April and Asian Games in September. He is also targeting the 2018 ISSF World Championship at Changwon, South Korea (Aug 31 to Sep14). It will be the first qualification tournament for Tokyo Olympic Games.

Winner of silver medal in 10m air pistol at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, he wants gold this time at Gold Coast, Australia. “I am ranked among the top three or four in the country. I need to sustain my efforts to stay atop the field. There are some youngsters coming up but I am focussed. Next year is important,” he said.

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“I have sponsors so I don’t need to worry about the money. It will help me get the right kind of international exposure in the build up to tournaments. I also have plans to train in Korea before the Worlds,” he said.

“My coach wants me to stay calm. It is sinking gradually into my system,” he said.

First Published: Aug 04, 2017 18:22 IST

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