Shoot­ing star

ASHER NO­RIA, 19, Shooter

India Today - - SIMPLY HYDERABAD -

“My dream is to make it to the Olympics and win a medal for In­dia”

While his class­mates were busy watch­ing films, hang­ing out with friends and gen­er­ally be­ing teenagers, Asher No­ria was al­ready win­ning pres­ti­gious shoot­ing ti­tles. “The sport has made me an in­di­vid­ual with a clear cut goal—to put In­dia on the Olympic podium,” he says. It all started when he ac­com­pa­nied his fa­ther, Gusti No­ria, a skeet shooter—to the Afro-asian Games, Hy­der­abad, 2002. Since then their trips to the shoot­ing range be­came more fre­quent. The win­ning spree that fol­lowed brought Asher the sil­ver medal at the Com­mon­wealth Games, 2010, the im­pres­sive score of 146/150 at the Ju­nior World Cham­pi­onship, 2010 (a world record at the time), bronze medal at the Asian Games, 2010 and so many more.

TAR­GET FO­CUS He has re­cently en­rolled him­self at Ge­or­gia Tech Univer­sity, USA and will grad­u­ate as an in­dus­trial en­gi­neer in two and a half years. “I will re­turn for good in 2014 and so hope­fully I can use the two years af­ter that to fo­cus on the 2016 Olympics,” says No­ria who will soon start prac­tic­ing at a shoot­ing range in At­lanta.

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sec­ond opinion

“I have coached many teams across the world but I must say it’s rare to come across some­one so young and with such cal­i­bre” MAR­CELLO DRADI, SHOOT­ING COACH

A PRAB­HAKAR RAO

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