New Delhi: He is a multiple Commonwealth Games gold medallist and holder of numerous world records, but an Olympic medal is what has eluded Gagan Narang so far, and the ace Indian marksman is hopeful of breaking the jinx in his third shot at the quadrennial event in London next year.
Gagan, who is the first Indian to qualify for the 2012 Games, will participate in three events in London -- 10m Air Rifle, 50m Rifle Prone and 50m Rifle 3 Position -- and the afflable Hyderabad-based shooter felt this will maximise his chances of realising his Olympic dream.
"It (three events) gives me more chances to win medals and I feel I am a decent multi-event shooter. I hope it would be third time lucky for me," he said.
"My main event is 10m air rifle where only a little finetuning is required, but I need to work on 3 position, expecially the kneeling position. I am working on it and hopefullt it will get solved (before the Olympics)," Gagan said during a programme here today, where the Indian Olympic Association and digital technology leader, Samsung India Electronics signed a MoU keeping in mind the 2012 Games.
As per the MoU, Samsung has become the Oylmpic partner and official sponsor of the Indian contingent for next year`s Games.
During the function, Samsung also announced the launch of its Olympic Ratna Program, whereby it is providing scholarship support to six top Indian athletes -- shooters Abhinav Bindra, Gagan and Ronjan Sodhi; boxers Vikas Krishan and L Devendro Singh and archer Deepika Kumari -- all of whom have already booked their London tickets.
IOA president VK Malhotra and secretary general Randhir Singh were also present in the function.
Gagan`s star colleague and Beijing Games gold medallist shooter Bindra, who will be participating in his fourth Olympics in London, said that for any sportsperson determination and concentration are the key to success in any big event.
"Just before the Olympics you have to detach yourself from all the noise. You need to be focussed on the job at hand," he insisted.
Ace archer Deepika Kumari agreed with Bindra and said for a target sport like archery and shooting, concentration remains the main essence.
"Focus is very important. You need to keep your mind away from other things and stay concentrated," she said. "We do a lot of imagine training as it helps in controlling our mind."
Deepika said she needs to work on her arrow firing technique ahead of the London Games in order to give herself a chance against tough competition from Korean archers.
Teen boxing sensation Vikas Krishan, who zoomed to his career-best second position in world rankings by virtue of his bronze medal at last month`s World Championships, felt shifting to 69kg category from 60 has been beneficial for his style of boxing.
"69kg boxers generally have more power and less speed but speed is what is my strength. My tactic in this weight class is to utilise my speed," the 19-year-old Bhiwani pugilist said.