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Elavenil has all ingredients to become a champion shooter: Narang

Mahima Katariya

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Elavenil scored 630.8 in the qualification round and created a new university world record.

New Delhi: Three-time junior World Cup medallist Elavenil Valarivan claimed a silver medal in the 10m air rifle event in the World University Games in Napoli, Italy on July 4, with a final score of 249.

She created a new university world record by scoring 630.8 in the qualification stage.

The 19-year-old is training under accomplished shooter Gagan Narang. Narang believes that Elavenil has all the ingredients required to become a champion shooter.

“I am really proud of Elavenil and her achievement, this shows how talented she is. She is part of ‘Project Leap’ and has over the years shown great progress with all the training and coaching that she is undergoing as part of this ambitious nurturing programme. She is a great shooter and I believe she has all the ingredients required to become a champion shooter,” said Gagan Narang told a website.

Elavenil thanked all her coaches for the support she has received till now. She said, “I am really thrilled with this achievement and really want to thank all my coaches who have trained me so well and without their correct guidance, this would not have been possible.”

“I am happy and this win will give me great confidence going ahead into the future competitions. The University Games was a major one in my bucket list and I wanted a podium finish here, with the silver medal I can concentrate on the upcoming World Cups,” she added.

Elavenil will be participating in the ISSF Junior World Cup, Suhl which is scheduled from July 12, and ISSF World Cup, Ria (Seniors) in August 2019.

About her preparations for 2020 Olympic Games, she said, “My coaching and training team has devised a training schedule keeping in consideration national camps and competitions, I am following the same and we are hoping that my performance remains consistent which allows me to be at the top of my game at the time of selection for Tokyo. So it’s a combination of short-term targets to achieve a long term target.”

Elavenil bagged her first individual gold medal in the senior category with a score of 250.5 in 10m air rifle Asian Airgun Championships in Taoyuan, Taipei. She also represented India at the 2018 ISSF Junior World Cup and won a gold medal. She also won two junior World Cup gold and a silver at the 2018 World Championships.