26th December, Jalandhar: Shooting sensation, an MBA student at Lovely Professional University, Amanpreet Singh has once again showcased his distinct shooting deftness by clinching Gold Medal in the mixed team 10-meter air pistol national event. The occasion was ongoing 61st National Shooting Championship at National Games Shooting Range at Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala. The event was governed by International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) and National Rifle Association of India. Worth informing, the mixed event has been introduced worldwide recently by the governing body ISSF in order to comply with the International Olympics Committee's gender equality policy in Olympics. In the ongoing meet, this was the second mixed event followed by 10m air rifle mixed.
The competition comprised three series of 10 shots for a team followed by four shots in the elimination rounds and finally six shots to decide the gold medal winner. Five pairs Amanpreet-Shweta; Asian junior champion Yashaswini Deswal-Anmol Jain (Haryana); Harveen Sarao-Anchal Grewal; Annu Raj Singh-Deepak Kumar (Air India); and, Vidya Gowda-PN Prakash (Karnataka) had qualified for the finals. Ranked number one in the competition, Amanpreet-Shweta scored 480.7 to bag the gold in this new event; Yashaswini-Anmol won silver with 480.5; while, Harveen-Anchal won bronze with 433.9 scores.
Congratulating Amanpreet for his magnificent win, LPU Chancellor Mr. Ashok Mittal says: “We at LPU have all praises for Amanpreet. Prior to this, he has already pocketed many medals at ISSF (International Shooting Sports Federation) organized World Cup Shooting Championship and Commonwealth Shooting Championship. We know that India has a lot of talent and one among them is at LPU in the form of shooting sensation Amanpreet. Identifying his deftness, we wish him to win Olympic Gold at Tokyo in Japan in the year 2020.” In fact, proving his shooting skills time and again, Amanpreet is establishing himself as unbeaten ‘Shooting Star of the World’.
The importance of the championship can also be judged from the participation point of view as world-renowned shooters including London Olympics silver medalist Vijay Kumar; Pemba Tamang (Army); veteran Ashok Pandit (Maharashtra) and his son Ronak; Samaresh Jung (CISF) were among other 121 competitors at the championship.