A proud moment for India as Elavenil Valarivan the 18-year-old young girl from Ahmedabad creates history winning a gold medal in 10m women’s air rifle event of the season’s first junior ISSF World Cup in Sydney. Elavenil also combined with Shreya Agrawal and Zeena Khitta to claim the team gold medal.

Elavenil, competing in her second World Cup and first final, shot 249.8 in the women’s final to claim the top individual honors. Her 631.4 in the qualification was a new world record. She had also won a bronze medal at the FISU World Shooting Sports Championship.

“When she first took part in the district championships, she shot a score of 128/400. Seeing the card every day gave her extra motivation till she shot 400 in practice at one of the junior championships,” says 54-year-old scientist Valarivan Rudrapati.

Elavenil started her shooting career in the year 2013 when she accompanied her father to Ahmedabad Military and Rifle training club to see one of his students shoot. The 18-year-old soon developed an interest and borrowed the shooter’s rifle for the next three months to train.

“I am really glad about 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 victory.

She also added, “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”.

Narang, the co-founder of Gagan Narang Sports foundation said, “We always knew that she had the potential to become a world beater and her performance today just vindicated our trust in her.”

“I would like to congratulate her for the win and wish her all the best in her future endeavours.” Surya Pratap Singh and Shahu Tushar Mane finished sixth and eighth respectively were among the other Indian shooters in the competition.

As a proud moment for India, people celebrated the achievement of young Elavenil Valarivan on Twitter wishing her for a great victory.


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