While the final of the men’s double trap shooting event was going on,20-year old Shreyasi Singh was still practising her trade at the adjoining range,long after her event for the day was over. One could understand why she wouldn’t want to leave the range,as she had just won gold in the women’s double trap,bettering her own national record in the process.
The previous nationals saw her finish on 90 targets,but the shooter from Bihar shot 92 on Wednesday to raise the bar further,if only by two points. Shreyasi continued with her practice even as the men continued to toil in the double trap event,and soon,she was hit with another surprise,this time something less expected than her shotgun’s recoil. The presentation ceremony was supposed to be held after the finals of the men’s double trap event,and Shreyasi was also awarded gold in the junior category,despite being absent from the action.
The authorities explained how a software glitch had denied Shreyasi entry in the junior division,as she went past the age-limit this year. The Nationals were,however,a part of the 2011 calendar,and after scrutinizing the rule book a few times,the NRAI decided to confer her with the award. She is 20 years old but this year she will turn 21 and anybody who is 21 cannot participate in the juniors. The nationals were supposed to be held in 2011 but due to the Asian Shooting Championships in Doha,the NRAI had to postpone it to January this year. So going by this,Shreyasi deserves the gold, explained NRAI Adviser Baljeet Sethi.
Shreyasi mainly participates in trap,but winning a double trap gold with the added bonus of the junior’s gold had her smiling. I am happy to win the gold and break my own record. It is motivating to further my performance and since this year is very important due to the Olympics,these performances can keep you in the hunt, said Shreyasi,while talking to the Sportline.
With the Olympics only featuring trap and skeet for women’s,Shreyasi says she looks at the time invested in double trap as mainly a hobby. When asked how she manages to skip between two formats and whether her skill in one aids her performance in the other,she explains: Trap is my passion and double trap is hobby. Though both being entirely different. I feel trap is something where the bird travels at a faster speed and you are given two shots while in double trap,the clay pigeons are slightly slower in speed but the shots remain same. I am aware that double trap is not a Olympic event but sometimes hobbies should also be enjoyed after devoting enough time on practising trap, she said.
Shreyasi is hopeful of making a mark at the Olympics,but it may not be at the London edition. Her companion Shagun Chaudhary won India the quota,and in all probability will represent the country in the trap event. Still,Shreyasi feels her performances today might lend her an edge. The entry has to be decided although Shagun is a strong and deserving contender. I feel,this is a motivation factor which helps you to be on the toes, Shreyasi added.