Last month,when Chandigarh shooter Anjum Moudgill took part in the Asian Shooting Championship held at Tehran,Iran,she had to combat usual peculiar problem that she faces ahead of competitions. Moudgill,who owns a 10 M Air Rifle,does not have a .22 Rifle and takes part in the 50 M 3 Position and Prone events with the rifle given to her by National Cadet Corps ahead of any championship. Despite this hiccup,Moudgill was part of the Indian team which claimed three bronze medals in the team events in the championship,apart from claiming the fourth spot in the 10 M Air Rifle event.
“I currently do not have a personal .22 rifle. National Cadet Corps provides me with the rifle ahead of the championship which I have to return after the championship. The three team bronze medals in the Asian Shooting Championship boosted my confidence. I partnered with Sandhya and Jaishree to claim the bronze medal in the Prone event apart from winning the bronze medal in the team event in 3 position event with Sandhya and Aprajita,” shared Mougill,who won bronze medal in the team event in the 10 M Air rifle along with Shreyanka and Shalini.
The Asian Championship also saw Moudgill shooting her personal best score of 415.7 in the 10 m Air Rifle event,an event where she finished fourth and missed the medal by .1 point. Earlier in the Sajjan Sethi Memorial Shooting Championship held earlier this year,Moudgill had grabbed gold medal in the10 m Air Rifle event in the senior women’s category with a score of 413.7 points overshadowing Anjali Bhagwat’s score.
“The Sajjan Singh Memorial Shooting Championship gave me an opportunity to prepare for the Asian Championships. I shot a score of 413.7 which gave me a high. I shot my personal best score of 415.7 in Tehran and was lying second before the final round. I missed the meal by a whisker but I will take a lot of positives from my performance,” shared the 19-year-old shooter,who is a student of BA-II year in DAV College,Sector 10. Moudgill practises at the Stepping Stones School Range,Sector 37 and believes that more facilities at Chandigarh will help the cause of shooters like her. She will now take part in the Nationals to be held in new Delhi next month and the budding shooter wants to pocket the title there. “Most of the times we travel a lot and this time I will be spending some time at Chandigarh before the Nationals. The upcoming shooting range at the Panjab University Campus will act as a boon for the shooters. We are looking forward to train there,” shared Moudgill,whose father is an advocate.