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I hope we soon get a fully automated range here in Chandigarh, says Anjum Moudgil

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I hope we soon get a fully automated range here in Chandigarh, says Anjum Moudgil

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SportsCafe Desk

03/10/2018

Indian shooter Anjum Moudgil, who is fresh off the silver medal she won at the ISSF Shooting World Cup in Mexico, hopes that they get an improved shooting range in her hometown of Chandigarh. Meanwhile, Moudgill’s mother hopes that her daughter is able to bring home the Gold from 2018 CWG.

20-year old Anjum Moudgil, along with 16-year old Manu Bhaker, was undoubtedly the two most talked about shooters from the Indian contingent during the ISSF World Cup that was being held in Guadalajara, Mexico. Moudgil claimed a silver medal in the Women’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions event earlier this week as she shot 454.2 in the 45-shot final.

She helped the Indian contingent take their overall medal tally to eight medals which already had 4 bronze and 3 gold medals. Moudgil seemed upbeat post her win as she hoped that the shooting range in her hometown would see some changes soon.

“Initially I trained as an NCC cadet and with Chandigarh still lacking a fully automatic electronic shooting range, it surely works as a disadvantage. But then I would train at Delhi and Pune with my coach Deepali Deshpande and practise here at PU Shooting Range too, which has got 10 M Air Rifle area. 50 M Rifle 3 P event is an outdoor event too and I hope we soon get a fully automated range here in Chandigarh,” said Anjum in an interview with Indian Express.

Moudgil’s mother, Shubh Moudgil, was full of optimism about her daughter's chances ahead of a tough and challenging year where she is likely to participate in the Commonwealth and Asian Games. Shubh claimed that she just wanted her daughter to do well and get India a Gold medal in the upcoming CWG in Gold Coast.

“She won her first team medal in January 2008 and for the last decade, she has only thought about shooting. The silver medal today is the biggest reward for us. When she won the silver in Commonwealth Championship last year, she drew a painting by coffee sticks of a ship. We hope next month, she wins the gold medal in CWG and makes the country proud,” said Anjum’s mother Shubh Moudgill.

Col (retd) Mohan Inder Singh Chahuan, who was the group commander, Chandigarh NCC Unit, when young Moudgil began working on her technique at the NVC, labelled her as ‘mentally strong and robust.’

“When we first noticed her, she was in seventh standard and was too young for 3 P Event. Most of the youngsters chose pistol shooting and she too trained in pistol initially. But she showed success in 3P events. She would come on cycle to the range. She is mentally very robust and mentally very strong,” remembered Chahuan.

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