AFTER WINNING her first gold medal in the senior category in the 50 M Rifle 3 Position event in the South Asian Games earlier this year, Chandigarh shooter Anjum Moudgill did not get any opportunity to take part in a national or international tournament.
Preparing for her exams earlier in May this year, the shooter resumed training in June, and Thursday saw the 22-year-old shooter claim silver medal with a score of 457.7 in the final of the 50 M Rifle 3 Position in the World University Shooting Championship at Bydgoszcz, Poland.
It was Moudgill’s second gold medal in the senior category at the international level after she won the gold medal in SAF games held in Guwahati earlier this year. Last year’s ISSF World Cup gold medallist and Asian Champion Dongqi Chen took the gold with a score of 460.9.
“It feels good to win the silver medal in the World University Championship. The conditions were good to shoot here and I enjoyed shooting at the range here. The competition here was tough as some of the shooters had also competed in ISSF World Cups and this silver medal will set things up for me for the season ahead. I have another event for Friday and this will also boost my confidence ahead for the 50 M Prone event,” Moudgill told Chandigarh Newsline over the phone from Poland.
The qualification round of the event saw Moudgill shoot a score of 585 and the Chandigarh shooter was placed fifth ahead of the finals.
Poland’s Natalia Kochanska topped the qualification round in the event, while two shooters from China and four European shooters qualified for the final. With China’s duo of Dongqi Chen and Fang Chen apart from Czech Republic’s Lucie Brazdova among the last four in the elimination round in the finals, Moudgill fired a shot of 10.6 to take her score to 437.1 to assure herself of a medal. The next elimination shot saw Moudgill, who is in second year of MA Psychology at DAV College, firing 10.8 to edge out Fang for the silver medal.
“Anjum was fifth after the qualification but the way she managed a comeback in the final elimination round is commendable. She kept her cool and shot with confidence. The Chinese shooter is a World Cup gold medallist and Anjum gave her a tough fight till the end. Under the new format, each shot in the final is important and Anjum shot three above 10 shots in her last five shots. Her second shot out of the last five was a 8.8 but the silver medal is a huge achievement for her,” said Dr Amanendra Mann, leader of the Indian team in Poland.
Moudgill’s first national medal came in the form of a gold medal in the 50 M Prone event in the junior category in the All India GV Malvankar Championship in 2008. The following years saw her win eight medals in different categories — in junior category in the 54th Shooting National Championship in 2011 apart from winning silver medals in senior nationals in 2014 and 2015.
Moudgill shot her personal best score of 589 in last week’s national trials for World Cup conducted by National Rifle Association of India.
“In the trials for the World Cup and other events, she shot her best score of 589 and was among the top three shooters in the trials. It means that she is shooting good scores at home too and this will come in handy for her in the Minimum Qualification Scores list for the senior Indian team for World Cups and other international events,” said Mann.