Skeet shooter Smit aims for podium-finish in nationals

With two team medals in the skeet event held earlier in the Second Asian Shotgun Championship and Indian Grand Prix, Chandigarh shooter Smit Singh is on a high. The Punjab shooter, who shifted base from Chandigarh to Delhi three years ago, was a part of the Indian team along with Man Singh and Mairaj Khan in the championship and expects to carry forward the momentum gained during the championship at Patiala into the nationals.

"This tournament was very important for most of us as it was the last International tournament of the season. The silver medals in the two events boosted my confidence a lot. The National Championship and the trials will be held later this year which will be played in the old format and also old rules. Once the season ends, the team will have a break for fifteen days and we would start training again. The coming year will be vital for all the Indian shooters as 2014 will see Asian Games and Commonwealth Games taking place," shared Smit while talking to Sportline in Patiala. Smit, who is a student of MA History in Delhi University, recently did training in Italy for a month before joining the Indian camp in Patiala.

With the National Championship taking place later this month, the young shooter is hoping to win a medal in the nationals to go past a score of 114 to be eligible for the trials ahead. Having turned 21 early this year, Smit has shifted to the senior category and believes that competing in the junior circuit along with the senior circuit shooters early in his career helped his game a lot. "It was a good decision to compete in the senior circuit when I was still a junior. It helped me understand the basics and also made me more confident. Earlier I used to train in Chandigarh but then I shifted base to Delhi for further studies. Nowdays I train at the Tuqhlabad range in Delhi. Delhi sees the presence of some of India's top ranked shooters, thus making the competition tough. The national camp is also held most of the times in Delhi and it benefits me a lot," shared Smit.

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