India’s young shooter Elavenil Valarivan has clinched gold in the women’s 10m Air Rifle event at the International Shooting Sports Federation Junior World Cup in Sydney. The 18-year-old shot a new World Record score of 631.4 during her qualification round, beating the previous record by her fellow Indian Mehuli Ghosh, who had scored 629.1 just two weeks ago.
The young champion went on to win gold at the world event, defeating Chinese Taipei’s Lin Ying-Shin and Wang Zeru. After a shot of 9.6, Elavenil sealed the win with a near-perfect 10.7 in the crucial 24th shot, overpowering the Chinese shooters. Besides her individual podium finish, Elavenil also teamed up with Shreya Agrawal and Zeena Khitta to claim the team gold medal.
“I am really glad with my performance here in Sydney. I have been shooting really well and I knew the way I have been performing over the past few months, a victory of this magnitude was around the corner,” the confident youngster said after her feat.
Elavenil further went on to say “I would like to dedicate this win to my parents and thank Gagan Sir and my coaches at GFG who have been working continuously behind me to make a shooter capable of winning titles at the world stage,”
Elavenil Valarivan had also won a bronze medal at the International University sports federation’s World Shooting Sports Championship last week.
Born in Tamil Nadu but raised in Ahmedabad, Elavenil Valarivan trains at Olympic medalist Gagan Narang’s “Gun For Glory” academy. She has been competing professionally since the age of 14. This is the second time the teenager has competed in a world cup event. She came 28th in last year’s Junior World Championship in Suhl, Germany.
Shooting has been a popular sport in India. The likes of Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Abhinav Bindra, Jitu Rai and Gagan Narang have brought a lot of glory to the nation in the past. It is now the time for young Indian guns to dominate the shooting range for India at the world stage. And young guys like Elavenil Valarivan and Mehuli Ghosh have displayed tremendous potential and delivered superlative performances at world events. The future definitely looks bright for India in the shooting range.