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Strong year gets stronger for Bajwa

Anantjeet Singh Naruka with 110 points and Kam Sukhbir with 109 followed in second and third.

Junior skeet shooter Angad Singh Bajwa has already earned himself a gift for the upcoming new year. In what was officially the last shooting competition of the year for Indian gunners — the Nationals — the 18-year-old won gold at the Karni Singh ranges and is now relaxing in his hometown,Chandigarh.

He shot an aggregate of 112 out of a possible 125 points. Though Bajwa fell short his best ever performance by two points,he has maintained the benchmark over the past year.

“I am happy to win this gold. I am improving as a shooter but still there are a few things which I need to work upon. The only thing is that I haven’t been able to go past 114 but at the same time,it is a good sign that I haven’t let my performance drop from 112 either,” says Bajwa.

Anantjeet Singh Naruka with 110 points and Kam Sukhbir with 109 followed in second and third.

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Bajwa has been the leader for quite sometime now. Before this National meet,Bajwa and Naruka had been team members at the Asian Championships in Kazakhstan and had shot 112 to claim the bronze medal for India. Additionally,Bajwa also won gold in the Masters meet at Patiala a month before the Nationals in Delhi.

The Nationals in Delhi clashed another event,the Barretta Cup. Bajwa grabbed gold there too and is scheduled to be awarded at the end of this month.

credit to coach

“The credit for all these performances goes to our National coach Ennio Falco. He has worked really hard with us during the time we were competing in Kazakhstan. He made a few changes with my approach and technique,which I feel has helped me become a lot better. My aim is to shoot much higher and for that,I am working on what Falco has advised me to do while practicing. Now that I am free,I will be going back to Patiala and prepare for the National trials scheduled for late January 2014,” says Bajwa,a student of Sherwood College.

Winning gold in the last three events has been a huge boost for the young shooter especially because he has competed with the seniors. If he keeps shooting consistently and improves his technique,he might be the new face in the senior skeet team.

“My scores have to go up if I want to be in the senior team. The seniors are consistently shooting beyond 120,” he says.

Though Bajwa only started skeet shooting a year ago and he already has a large haul of medals,he has a long way to go.