India’s Elavenil Valarivan wins gold in ISSF Junior World Cup

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SYDNEY: Indian shooter Elavenil Valarivan shattered the world record and claimed the gold medal in 10m women’s air rifle event of the season’s first junior ISSF World Cup here on Thursday.Besides her individual podium finish, Elavenil also combined with Shreya Agrawal and Zeena Khitta to claim the team gold medal.Arjun Babuta bagged his second junior world cup medal, claiming a bronze in men’s 10m air rifle event.

The 18-year-old Elavenil, competing in her second World Cup and first final, shot 249.8 in the women’s final to claim the top individual honours. Her 631.4 in the qualification was a new world record.After a 9.6, Elavenil sealed the win with a high 10.7 in the crucial 24th shot, getting the better of Chinese Taipei’s Lin Ying-Shin.

“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 youngster said after her triumph.

Elavenil trains at Olympic medalist Gagan Narang’s Gun For Glory academy. “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,” she added.
She had also won a bronze medal at the FISU World Shooting Sport Championship last week.

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