Thai Sutarporn bags gold in Skeet event

Unlike other kids of her age, Nutchaya Sutarporn as a youngster had a peculiar habit: she would often spend her free time sitting at her father's gun shop in Bangkok, Thailand. While others girls were busy playing with dolls, Nutchaya, the eldest daughter of the family, was literally hitting the bull's eye, of course with her father's gun. Along her elder sister, Nutchaya helped her father, Manns Sutarporn, in the daily consultations with members of the Thailand shooting team. Very often the young Thai would bump into Sutiya Jienchaloemmit, Thailand's only medallist in shooting world championship. It was one such incidents that prompted Nutchya to try her hands at shooting.

On Monday, as the Thai claimed the gold medal in women's skeet event in the Second Asian Shotgun Championship, the chubby shooter flashed her gun to her coach and exchanged smiles. "It's a big moment for me. My father runs a gun shop in Bangkok and I used to assist him in the evenings. Sometime my sister would also join and we would listen to the conversations that revolved around guns and bullets. At that time, I was only interested in knowing the mechanics of the guns. Later when I opted for shooting, the knowledge which I gained at the shop came handy. I opted for skeet as I adjusted well to it in the beginning and decided to stick with it," shared Nutchaya, who claimed gold with a total score of 88.00 in the final and she edged out Kuwait's Mohammed Afrah and fellow countrywomen Na Sakul Chalalai.

For somebody, who started shooting in 2005 at the club level and later joined the Thailand national team in 2008, winning the bronze medal in the team event in skeet at the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games was the high point. Last year, the 25-year-old shooter won the bronze medal in the individual skeet event in the Asian Championship before adding another medal in the Asian Clay shooting championship.

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