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Chandigarh’s Anjum secures berth in 2020 Olympic Games

The quota places came after Moudgil won silver, while Chandela finished fourth, in the 10m air rifle event at the ongoing 52nd ISSF World Championship in South Korea on Monday. The world championship is the first tournament to offer quota places for the Tokyo Olympics.

punjab Updated: Sep 04, 2018 10:07 IST
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
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Chandigarh City’s Anjum Moudgil and Jaipur’s Apurvi Chandela have become the first Indian shooters to secure berths in the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

The quota places came after Moudgil won silver, while Chandela finished fourth, in the 10m air rifle event at the ongoing 52nd ISSF World Championship in South Korea on Monday. The world championship is the first tournament to offer quota places for the Tokyo Olympics.

Making up for the loss of an Asian Games medal by a whisker, Moudgil, a sub-inspector with Punjab Police, finished second on the podium behind Korean Hana Im (251.1) and ahead of bronze-medallist Eunhea Jung (228.0), who is also from Korea. She shot a total of 248.4 in the eight-women final.

“This is my first world championship medal, and I am really happy. What’s more, it got me an Olympic berth,” said an ecstatic Moudgil, while talking to Hindustan Times from South Korea.

“I was never expecting a quota place in an air rifle event. Rather, I was more hopeful for Olympic berth in the 50m 3-Prone rifle event,” said the shooter, an alumna of DAV College, Sector 10.

“I have still two events — 50m prone and 50m 3-position rifle — to go in the World Championship, and hope to do well in both,” she said.

On if missing out on a medal at the Asian Games caused more pressure, she said, “I was expecting a medal in the Asian Games, but somehow lost. But, it is all part of the game. Now, I have to focus on the next tournament during the World Championship,” said Moudgil, who clinched a silver in the 50m prone event in the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games earlier this year.

“The excitement of the World Championship is great, and I want to continue with this feeling in the upcoming events,” she said.

First Published: Sep 03, 2018 23:27 IST