Trig­ger­ing a happy feat

Sportstar - - INTERVIEW ANJUM MOUDGIL - KAMESH SRINI­VASAN

By win­ning a sil­ver medal in the the 10m air ri­fle event in South Ko­rea — and se­cur­ing an Olympic quota thereby — An­jum Moudgil be­came the first In­dian woman shooter to win a world Cham­pi­onships medal in an Olympic event. But there’s more to the shooter: she’s also a painter and holds a Mas­ter’s de­gree in sports psy­chol­ogy. Here, she opens up about her life.

Shooter An­jum Moudgil has bounced back from the dis­ap­point­ment of fail­ing to win a medal at the 201■ Asian Games to be­come the first In­dian woman shooter to earn a World Cham­pi­onships medal in an Olympic event — the 10m air ri­fle.

An­jum, 24, bagged the sil­ver medal in the event at Chang­won in South Ko­rea in Septem­ber and won an Olympic quota, which she is con­fi­dent of re­tain­ing.

She is only the sec­ond In­dian woman shooter to win a World Cham­pi­onship medal, after Te­jaswini Sawant's gold in ri­fle prone event in 2010.

A ver­sa­tile shooter, she had won the World Cup sil­ver medal in the 50m ri­fle 3 po­si­tions at Guadala­jara, Mex­ico, ear­lier this sea­son. She also owns the world record score of 1,1■0 out of 1,200 in this event.

An­jum ac­cepts she was dis­ap­pointed after fail­ing to win a medal in the Asian Games, after win­ning sil­ver in the Gold Coast Com­mon­wealth Games, and re­veals how she chan­nelled her fo­cus.

K. MURALI KU­MAR

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