Continuing with the success of Chandigarh shooters in the championship, city lad Ajitesh Kaushal won the gold medal in the 25 M Standard Pistol team event in the FISU World Shooting University Championship being held at Poland on Sunday. Kaushal shot an individual score of 559, while his team-mates Arpit Goel shot 545 and Bhavesh shot 568 as the Indian team claimed the gold medal with a combined score of 1672. Italy claimed the silver medal with a score of 1659, while the bronze medal went to Korea with 1658 points.
“I feel good about winning this medal. The ranges here are good and it’s always a challenge to shoot well in Europe. I am happy that my score was close to 560 and we won the gold. It’s a team effort and credit goes to my team-mates, Arpit and Bhavesh too. I would have certainly wanted a higher score to get a chance for medal in the individual event. This experience will boost our confidence a lot ahead of the busy domestic season,” said 23-year-old Ajitesh, a first-year law student at Panjab University.
Kaushal started the sport in 2008 and soon made it to the Indian junior team the same year. The youngster then won two medals in the Asian Shooting Championship in Doha, Qatar in 2012, before representing India in two editions of World University Games held in China and South Korea.
Earlier this year, Kaushal won the bronze medal in the individual event in the 25 M Standard Pistol men with a score of 561 in the International Shooting Championship in Hannover, Germany, and also won the bronze medal in All India Inter-University Championships held at Patiala. The youngster also featured in the 14th rank in the selection list after trials and national, international events released by National Rifle Association of India earlier this week.
“I started shooting in 2008. Claiming two medals in Doha made me confident of doing well at the international level too and this year’s bronze medal in Germany came in tough conditions. London Olympics silver medalist Vijay Kumar is my inspiration and he often shares tips regarding pistol shooting whenever we get a chance to meet him in Delhi,” said Kaushal, whose father Anirush Kaushal is posted as SSP, Pathankot.