The sensation that she is, Mehuli Ghosh found for herself a perfect gift on her 18th birthday – two more gold medals in the 62nd National Shooting Championships at the Vattiyoorkavu National Games ranges on Tuesday.
The Bengal shooter, who had won the 10m air rifle junior and youth titles on Monday, was in great form as she along with her partner, Abhinav Shaw, dominated the 10m air rifle mixed pairs event in both the sections.
The duo with their consistency were streets ahead in both the finals, winning with a score of 498.2 in the juniors section ahead of C. Kavi Rakshna and Rithik Ramesh (Tamil Nadu, 493.7) and against Aishwarya Pratap Singh and Tomar Yana Rathore (Madhya Pradesh) in the youth
final. The Bengal pair finished with a score of 498.8, while the Madhya Pradesh duo tallied 497.3.
Naturally, the young shooter was quite delighted with her effort and that of her partner in gaining a double, “I was away from home on my last birthday, taking part in the National trials and here I am no as a participant of the Nationals. To a shooter, winning is always supreme and the best birthday gift that one can find. So, you could say it is a double delight,” said Mehuli.
Earlier in the afternoon, there was no stopping Anjum Moudgil as she too finished as winner for a third time in the current event, taking the senior mixed pairs title in the company of her Punjab team-mate Arjun Babuta.
The winning duo tallied a total of 497.3 for the gold medal as they finished ahead of Rajasthan's Barkha Chauhan and Divyansh Singh Panwar (496.6). Anjum will now take part in the women’s rifle 50m prone – her last event in the championships – on Wednesday before returning home and beginning preparations for the ISSF World Cup to be held in New Delhi in February next year.
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