Shooting star on a break

Moments after finishing his round of the big bore event at the National Shooting Championships,Nana Patekar was surprised to know that double trap national champion Ajay Mittal had only taken 25 minutes to shoot all 60 cartridges as against the allocated time of 1 hour and 40 minutes.

Written by Vinayak Padmadeo | Gurgaon | Published: March 28, 2012 12:45:56 am

Moments after finishing his round of the big bore event at the National Shooting Championships,Nana Patekar was surprised to know that double trap national champion Ajay Mittal had only taken 25 minutes to shoot all 60 cartridges as against the allocated time of 1 hour and 40 minutes.

“You never got up even once?” he asked Mittal. “I stopped only once to sip water and that too while lying down,” was Mittal’s answer.

In contrast,the Bollywood actor took a break to stretch his legs every time he shot 10 cartridges in a bunch. While Mittal,who was participating in his first big bore event,ended on 538 — the highest among the civilian category on the Tuesday. Interestingly,this was Mittal’s first big bore event.

Still Patekar,who flew down to Gurgaon after taking a couple of days off from the making of the sequel of Ab Tak Chappan,was content after finishing his event. But it had little to do with the score — he shot a 532/600 in the 300m rifle category on Tuesday. His satisfaction was more to do with the fact that the championships was the first time in so many years that the 61-year-old was on his own in a competition and had to fend for himself without a coach.

“This was the first time I was alone and did everything on my own. Previously there would be people with me — my coach or those helping out during a meet — they would shout instructions from the back. Not this time,” he said.

But as a true professional,moments after his competition,he called up his coach Biswajeet and had a long discussion about what happened at the Kadarpur range on Tuesday.

“I had 5 scores of 10s in my first six sighting shots. I thought I could end up somewhere near 570,” said Patekar. “The knob of my sling was faulty and because of that I was having difficulty in bracing the recoil of my gun. That’s why my scores came down.”

Patekar has no recollection since when he has been participating in the big bore nationals.

“I am not in this for the medals so I will keep doing this till the time I can. All you need is a week’s serious practice and you are set.” Words of wisdom from the shooting star,who won the big bore silver last year at the GV Mavlankar event in Indore.

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