Injuries and recoveries have marked Gagan Narang's life over the last three years and the shooting ace, having just secured a quota for the Rio Olympics, says he is striving to reach peak form and maintain the momentum going into the multisport extravaganza.
Gagan Narang has been dubbed the "powerhouse" of Indian shooting by the Nation Rifle Association of India (NRAI), a day after he earned the country its third Rio Olympics quota place in the sport with a bronze medal at the ISSF World Cup in Fort Benning, USA.
Olympic bronze medallist Gagan Narang, Sanjeev Rajput and Chain Singh survived their respective elimination rounds to enter the qualification round for the finals of men's 50m rifle 3 position event at the ISSF World Cup (Rifle/Pistol) here today.
Changwon, Korea: Commonwealth Games gold medal winning Indian shooter Apurvi Chandela on Saturday earned a quota place for next year's Olympic Games after winning the 10-metre air rifle bronze in the ongoing ISSF World Cup (Rifle/Pistol) here.
Her plan to make a camouflaged entry into her native state Gujarat was put to rest when a crowd flocked in hordes to greet Lajja Gauswami at the airport and the Commonwealth Games medallist, in hindsight, is only "happy" about the "positive" developments around shooting.
Transiting from anonymous to well-known, shooter Jitu Rai is "very hopeful" of a podium finish in the upcoming Commonwealth Games, the confidence emanating from the historic back-to-back medals, including a gold, he had shot in the ISSF World Cup recently.
World number two air pistol shooter Heena Sidhu continued her impressive form as she clinched a silver medal at the ISSF World Cup in Fort Benning, USA, the feat taking her closer to the numero uno spot in her event.
Gujarat shooter Lajja Gauswami, who recently won silver medal at ISSF World Cup in Spain, will lead a 19-member state team to participate in the 13th Kumar Surendra Singh Memorial Shooting Championship.
The Maharashtra government on Thursday announced cash award of Rs 1 crore to markswoman Rahi Sarnobat, who became the first pistol shooter from India to win a gold medal in the ISSF (International Shooting Sport Federation) World Cup, held in South Korea.
Rahi Sarnobat scripted history on Friday by becoming the first Indian pistol shooter to clinch a gold medal in the ISSF World Cup when she pipped local hope Kyeongae Kim 8-6 in the final of the 25m sports pistol event in Changwon, Korea.