Gaayathri ends TN’s gold drought
PUNE: Tamil Nadu’s N. Gaayathri demolished a field of experienced and promising juniors to win the women’s 50m Rifle 3 Position competition in the 60th National shooting championship at the Balewadi Sports Complex here on Thursday.
After Haryana’s Aditi Singh had beaten her to the gold in the juniors, Gaayathri turned out to be quietly ruthless in her execution of shots in the kneeling, prone and standing positions in a field that had proven winners like Anjali Bhagwat, Tejaswini Sawant and Elizabeth Susan Koshy.
It was a stunning display by the Coimbatore girl, who became the first individual gold medal winner from Tamil Nadu in the senior category after two decades.
Roopa Unnikrishnan was the last shooter representing the State to win a gold.
Talking to The Hindu, Gaayathri said: “Last year I won the gold in the juniors and a bronze in the seniors. This time it’s gold in the seniors and silver in the juniors. It’s quite a nice feeling.
“I am planning to work a lot on standing position shots as I am kind of weak in that.
“Usually I lead up to prone position and then drop below third position after the standing shots. But today I showed signs of improvement as I did not drop after the kneeling and prone position shots.
“The electronic targets installed at the [Coimbatore Rifle] Club helped me a lot. I am very happy. I am done with juniors now.’’
Satgurdass said: “I am happy she has won the senior gold. But I have to prepare her for tough competitions. We are working on her technique in the standing position. ”
The results: Women’s 50m
Rifle 3 Position: 1. N. Gaayathri (TN) 450.3(577), 2. Elizabeth Susan Koshy (Ker) 445.3 (577), 3. Anjali Bhagwat (Mah) 431.9 (576), 4. Aditi Singh (Har) 420.0(578), 5. Tejaswini Muley (Rlys) 409.7(575), 6. Anjum Moudgil (Chd) 398.8(580), 7. Tejaswini Sawant (Mah) 388.1(586), 8. Amandeep Kaur (BSF) 378.9(573).
Team: 1. Maharashtra (Tejaswini, Anjali, Priyal Keni) 1729.0, 2. Haryana (Aditi Singh, Kajal Saini, Meena Kumari)1715.0, 3. Tamil Nadu (N. Gaayathri, W. Sandhya, Srnithi Abirami).