Gaay­athri ends TN’s gold drought

The Hindu - - SPORT - G. VISWANATH

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).

N. Gaay­athri.

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