Elizabeth Susan Koshy lords it at the Nationals, completes golden double
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Elizabeth Susan Koshy won the gold in 50m rifle event with a comfortable margin to complete a double at the National shooting championships at the Karni Singh range. Last Saturday she had won the gold in junior women prone category. The silver in the 50m rifle event was won by Army's Raj Chaudhary while the bronze medal was won by Madhya Pradesh's Rajkumari Rathore.
"This gold will be big for confidence. To be part of the finals with some of our Olympians in itself was a big thing. But winning today doesn't mean it changes anything for me, I still got to train hard and work on my technique. This is just the beginning," Elizabeth said.
Though she has won international medals — mostly in junior category — for Elizabeth, winning the 3-positions gold at the nationals has been her biggest achievement. Elizabeth shot a total of 452 points in the final to bag her first-ever senior gold medal. With the new rules, the eliminations starts after the first two series of the standing position, which follows the kneeling and prone positions. From then on shooters with the lowest scores are eliminated one after the other.
Veteran shooter Anjali Bhagwat was the first to go out. Vedangi Virag, Tejaswani Muley, Meena Kumari and Lajja Gauswami soon followed her, as Elizabeth kept her nerve and eventually finished well ahead of the competition.
This year has been a big leap for Elizabeth. Apart from making her mark at the 50m ranges, the 19-year-old has broken into the 10m air rifle team too. She was part of the Indian team at Changwon, Korea, as well as the World Cup in USA this year.
On the trap ranges, ONGC's Shagun Chaudhary won gold after outshooting Army's Varsha Tomar 12-9. Army's Shikha Bhadauria beat teammate Seema Tomar 9-7 to grab the third position on the podium. Earlier in the semi-final, Shagun topped the final line-up after breaking 14 out of 15 targets.
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