After shooting down gold, Sanjeev Rajput aims to erase flaws

Sanjeev RajputSanjeev Rajput occasionally picks the brain of Olympic champ Campriani to work on his technique

It only took Sanjeev Rajput a couple of minutes to analyse his flaws after the end of the final match of three position event in the 57th National Shooting Championship on Monday. Rajput had just obliterated an eight-man field that included Gagan Narang. After numerous congratulatory hugs from fellow shooters and officials, and a few poses with young NCC cadets. The Navyman, though happy, pointed that he was a bit disappointed in the way he shot in the 45-shot final.

"I did not do well in the standing position. I have to rectify this," Rajput said after bagging the gold ahead of Narang with a clear lead of 7.5 points - Rajput totalled 456.1 points to Narang's 448.6. The Army's Chain Singh won bronze shooting 437.1.

Rajput, who doesn't have the luxury to call on a coach for guidance, will need to call on an illustrious friend in the field of sport shooting, if he is to iron out his flaws.

Not many can call the reigning Olympic champion Niccolo Campriani, who won the three positions gold as well as the silver medal in 10m air rifle at the London Olympics, a trusted friend and guide. Apart from the Italian, the Navyman can also call on the services over a long phone conversation of Serbian Nemanja Mirosavljev, who had won bronze in 2010 World Championships.

"I don't have a coach but I can call up few international shooters to get over my mistakes. I call Nemanja and Niccolo sometimes," he added.

But overall, he was satisfied with the end result. His qualification score of 1174 after three rounds of Kneeling, Prone and Standing, was also miles ahead of second placed Narang who could only muster 1159 points.

"I have been shooting well since the Granada World Cup (in July), where I shot 1173. At the Tehran Asian Airgun Championship, I had shot 1172 during the qualifications. So yes, I have gotten back to good scores in the latter part of this year," he explained. "Today's score is a base score. I need to get a coach that would use this and try to help me get better."

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