New Delhi: Three of Gagan Narang Sports Promotion Foundation’s (GNSPF) shooters-Elavenil Valarivan, Shreya Agrawal and Manini Kaushik-have made it to the 10M Air Rifle Junior Women Indian squad that will compete in the 52nd ISSF World Championships, to be held in Korea between August 31 to September 15.
The 18-year-old Elavenil had recently won a gold at the International Shooting tournament in Plzen, Czechoslovakia and ISSF Jr. World Cup Suhl. The Gujarat lass shot a 250.8 in the final for a top-of-podium finish in Plzen.
Elavenil, who had shot an unprecedented score of 631.4 to etch her name in the history books during the ISSF World Cup earlier this year in Sydney, had scored 628 to qualify.
Fellow shooter from the GNSPF stable, Shreya Agarwal, also had a fine run at the recent International Junior Shooting Tournament in Plzen as the girl from Madhya Pradesh was the only other Indian to enter the final with Elavenil in Air Rifle Women event.
Manini Kaushik, ranked fourth in the ranking list, replaced Mehuli Gosh in the squad as she is part of the senior team for the upcoming World Championship.
The Rajasthan girl has shown her flare at the recently concluded 18th KSS Memorial Shooting Championship where she picked up 2 medals in individual and team events for Rajasthan.
It’s a win-win situation for the GNSPF because all the three shooters, who are also part of this year’s Project Leap, have made it to Team India.
Project Leap, GNSPF’s most ambitious project, was initiated last year and has already seen some exceptional rise of shooters. The shooters who were part of this elite mentoring have also helped the Indian junior team grab eight international medals and 19 national medals.
A total of four shooters have also represented the country at various international tournaments in the last one year.
While talking about her recent performance, Asian Games bound, Elavenil Valarivan, said, “The last one year has been of great learning and working hard with my coaches and mentors at GNSPF. ”