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Pooja Ghatkar wins bronze for India

Pooja Ghatkar wins bronze for India

Pooja Ghatkar today won ​a ​bronze ​medal ​in the women’s 10-meter air rifle event on the opening day of the ISSF World Cup at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Ranges in New Delhi. This was the maiden world cup medal for Pooja who had last year narrowly missed ​out on a​ medal on two ​separate ​occasions and had also missed qualifying for ​the ​Rio 2016 Olympics by a whisker.

28 year old Pooja started the qualification round on a great note by finishing second with her personal best score of 418. In the finals​, the​ blinder of her rifle got torn but she showed exemplary composure to ensure she finished on the podium. China's Mengyao Shi won gold with 252.1 points and her compatriot Lijie Dong settled for silver with 248.9.

Pooja with mentor and Olympic medalist Gagan Narang
​Pooja with mentor and Olympic medalist Gagan Narang

Pooja had won the Asian Championships in Kuwait in 2014. Last year she had reached the finals of World Cup at Munich and Rio but missed out on the medal both times after finishing fourth. ​Post the Rio Olympics, Pooja ha​s​ been training with Gagan Narang and acknowledged that his mentoring had helped her both technically and mentally. She also trains under OGQ sports psychologist Vaibhav Agashe. ​In addition to this, ​OGQ has provided her ​equipment, ​physio​therapy​ and sports science support​ since 2011.

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