Elizabeth Susan Koshy won the gold in 50m rifle event with a comfortable margin to complete a double at the National shooting championships at the Karni Singh range. Last Saturday she had won the gold in junior women prone category. The silver in the 50m rifle event was won by Armys Raj Chaudhary while the bronze medal was won by Madhya Pradeshs Rajkumari Rathore.
This gold will be big for confidence. To be part of the finals with some of our Olympians in itself was a big thing. But winning today doesnt mean it changes anything for me,I still got to train hard and work on my technique. This is just the beginning, Elizabeth said.
Though she has won international medals mostly in junior category for Elizabeth,winning the 3-positions gold at the nationals has been her biggest achievement. Elizabeth shot a total of 452 points in the final to bag her first-ever senior gold medal. With the new rules,the eliminations starts after the first two series of the standing position,which follows the kneeling and prone positions. From then on shooters with the lowest scores are eliminated one after the other.
Veteran shooter Anjali Bhagwat was the first to go out. Vedangi Virag,Tejaswani Muley,Meena Kumari and Lajja Gauswami soon followed her,as Elizabeth kept her nerve and eventually finished well ahead of the competition.
This year has been a big leap for Elizabeth. Apart from making her mark at the 50m ranges,the 19-year-old has broken into the 10m air rifle team too. She was part of the Indian team at Changwon,Korea,as well as the World Cup in USA this year.
On the trap ranges,ONGCs Shagun Chaudhary won gold after outshooting Armys Varsha Tomar 12-9. Armys Shikha Bhadauria beat teammate Seema Tomar 9-7 to grab the third position on the podium. Earlier in the semi-final,Shagun topped the final line-up after breaking 14 out of 15 targets.
SAI shifts coaches to Delhi
The Sports Authority of India has all but decided to shift two foreign coaches – rifle coach Stanislav Lapidus and pistol coach Pavel Smirnov permanently to New Delhi. At present Lapidus has been based out of the SAI in Pune,while Smirnov,who was appointed the pistol coach two months back,has been based out of Bangalore.
Starting with the national camp,which is scheduled to start from January 15,2014,both the coaches will be moved to the new location. The final details are yet to be worked out. A proposal of this sort was discussed between the SAI officials and National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) as they met today to discuss the 2014 calendar.
The electronic targets at the Bangalore range were shifted to the Karni Singh range in Delhi in time for the Nationals,for the ones in Delhi range were shot out. This left Smirnov without a profile and hence the shift to Delhi.
Also with most of the national camps to be held in Delhi,it was decided that it would be convenient to have all Lapidus move to the capital too. Lapidus,though hopes that his transfer is not enforced till the 2014 Asian Games. I cant comment on a matter that is still under discussion. We should use the Pune range for our shooters till the 2014 Asian Games as it has better facilities. We cant shoot during peak Delhi summer, Lapidus said.
SAI director general Jiji Thomson said it was SAIs decision to take. Camps get shifted from one venue all the time. We will use these coaches wherever the camps are being held and also where we feel that he will be pout to best use.