Ayonika Paul : I always love to play with a bit of pressure

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Ayonika Paul : I always love to play with a bit of pressure

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Saketh RVK

06/27/2016

Women’s 10-metre air rifle shooter Ayonika Paul said on Monday that she performs better under pressure and is now focused on polishing her technique ahead of the Olympics in Rio. She had qualified for the Rio Games after finishing second at the Asia Olympic Qualifying Competition in January.

Ayonika is a second year ME student at the Pillai College of Engineering, near Mumbai and was felicitated by the Mahatma Education Society's Pillai Group of Institutions today.

"They (preparations for the Olympics) are just as planned, what I had planned before on the books and it is according to that and I am happy about it. We are quite experienced right now and it's all about how we handle it (pressure). And for me, I always love to play with a bit of pressure. Whatever preparations had to be done, are done, right now I am just polishing my technique," said Ayonika, reported PTI.

Talking about the moment when she secured her Olympic quota in January, the Commonwealth Games silver medalist said, “The feelings on that day, it was all about that moment when I qualified, that time I was emotion-less because, I knew I will be winning the quota because I had put in so much of hard-work.

"But that after I won and when everybody came and hugged me, that finally, I came to know that after four years I am getting it (to play in the Olympics)."

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