Having clinched her maiden Commonwealth Games medal in Glasgow on Sunday, silver winner Shreyasi Singh attributed her success to a training stint in Italy and thanked senior shooters Manavjit Singh Sandhu and Mansher Singh for their encouragement.
“I trained in Italy for some time before the Commonwealth Games and that has helped me. I would also like to thank the federation and the government,” Shreyasi said.
Young markswoman Shreyasi bagged the silver in women’s double trap to give India their eighth medal from shooting in the 20th Games.
The 22-year-old Delhi girl shot down a total target of 92 to bag the silver, two shots behind gold winner Charlotte Kerwood of England.
“My senior like Manavjit Singh and Mansher Singh have really helped and encouraged me in my career. I am happy that shooting is doing well in India and hope it grows further.”
Shreyasi could not win a medal in the last Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
“I could not win a medal in Delhi (trap singles). I won one here though it is a silver. I am very delighted,” she told PTI after winning the silver.
“But I could have been in for a gold medal shoot-off had I not missed target twice in the final round. The first round was just not that good but in the final round I could have done better and would have been in a gold medal shoot-off,” she said with her mother by her side.
“This is my second CWG and it’s my first medal and it’s been a fantastic experience. I’ve been glad to be a part of it. I missed two double shots and that’s the reason I missed out on the gold medal, but I guess that’s what shooting is all about. The best shooters perform under pressure and this is what I have to learn.
“I was feeling confident and assured that my mother is also here.”
Shreyasi’s grandfather Hari Shri, as well as her father, Digvijay Singh, have been presidents of National Rifle Association of India, and taking up shooting at a young age of 16 in 2008 was a natural progression.
Shreyasi is happy that she had chosen the right career.
“I have completed my graduation and I am in shooting full time. I have the support of my family. I want to dedicate this silver to my coaches, colleagues and friends who have helped me in reaching here. I will go for gold next time,” she said.
Shreyasi said she does meditation and yoga to focus, so essential for the sport of shooting.
Asked about the closely-fought finals, she said, “It was a very intense experience. We were a small group (of four shooters) and all close to each other, and one single round could have made all the difference.”
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