Anjum right on target

The 19-year-old shooter from Chandigarh claimed three medals,including a gold medal,in the recently concluded Kumar Surendra Singh Memorial Championship in New Delhi

Written by Nitin Sharma | Chandigarh | Published: July 30, 2013 12:47 am

Earlier this month,when Chandigarh shooter Anjum Moudgill was taking part in the 50 M Rifle 3 Position event in the junior girls’ category in the Kumar Surendra Singh Memorial Shooting Championship,she shot a score of 92 in Series I in the prone position. Although it was a good score,a better score would have put Moudgill firmly into the lead. In the next series,the Series II,she improved her performance and without losing her cool,shot a score of 98 that helped her win the silver with a combined score of 573 in the event.

In fact,she was a revelation in the tournament and often prodded herself to come up with a better score with each round. At the end of the tournament,she had managed two more medals- a gold in 50M prone and bronze in 10M Air Rifle events. However,in pursuit of excellence,she had pushed herself too far,drained all her energy. Now back in Chandigarh,Moudgill is spending some time with her family before she embarks on another mission,this time to join the national camp.

“It was a good start for me in the championship,as I won gold in the 50 M prone event. I shot three series of 99.0 which motivated me a lot. I had a bad series in one of the positions in the 3 Positions event and it costed me the gold medal. However,I am happy with my overall performance. Last time,I won a bronze in the championship and this time I have won three medals,” shared Moudgill,who represented the National Cadet Corps team in the event.

Moudgill was a part of the Indian shooting camp held in New Delhi prior to the ISSF World Cup held at Grenada,Spain,earlier this month and was one of the two junior shooters who were supposed to take part in the championship. However,a last-minute refusal by the ministry meant that the shooter missed the chance for the world championships. Despite the drawback,Moudgill took a lot of heart from what shooter Lajja Goswami,who won a silver in the Grenada Worlds,told her. “It was unfortunate to miss the World Cup but then it all depends on the Ministry in the case of the junior shooters. I am happy to be a part of the national camp. We trained under national coach Stanislous Lapidus and his inputs will help me in the future. Lajja didi won the silver medal in the World Cup and she keeps telling us important things about rifle shooting,” shared Moudgill,who is a BA-II student at DAV College,Sector 10.

During the national camp,to be held next month,Moudgill will start preparing for the selection trials for the Asian Junior Shooting Championship to be held in Iran later this year. The 19-year-old shooter is also eyeing a solid performance in the Nationals to be held in November-December later this year. “It’s nice to spend time under coaches and fellow shooters in the national camp. I needed this break and would soon join the camp next month. I have two more years left as a junior shooter and I want to utilise this time to the fullest before I turn senior,” shared Moudgill.

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