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Esha Singh, Telangana’s shooting star

Published: 4th Dec 2021 10:47 pm

Hyderabad: Telangana’s promising shooter Esha Singh once again established herself as a force to reckon with in Indian shooting arena. On Saturday, the 16-year-old added three medals – two gold in junior and youth, one bronze in senior women’s category in 10m air pistol, in the ongoing 64th National Shooting Championship at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range in New Delhi. She also won a mixed team bronze for the State at the same event on Monday.

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The youngster, who showed her potential with a silver medal in the ISSF Junior World Championships in Lima, Peru in October this year and a silver in the junior World Cup in 2019, shot 240.7, in the finals in junior category and 240.3 in youth final to emerge as top finisher. She finished third behind Olympian Manu Bhaker and Nivetha in the senior category. She also hit the highest qualification score of 582 across all the categories.

Speaking to Telangana Today, Esha said she was delighted to repeat the performance of 62nd National Shooting championship in 2019 where she won three medals – all gold. She won a gold ahead of Manu Bhaker in the Nationals. “I am very happy to repeat the 2019 show. Last time when I won three gold medals, I defeated Manu Bhaker in the senior women’s final. Though I won bronze this time, I am very happy. I had a minor problem in the initial stages. But I recovered well and finished among the top 3,” she said.

Esha was also part of the Indian core team ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics but missed the chance to make it to the Games by a whisker. She says her dream of winning an Olympic medal for the country is what keeps her motivated. “My dream is to win a medal for the country in the Olympics. Though we didn’t have many tournaments in the last two years due to the pandemic, I kept working on my game and improving constantly. I was a bit disappointed with the lack of tournaments. I played a few online competitions but those do not test your ability as performing under pressure is a
different ball game.”

“I won a silver medal in the ISSF Junior World Championships in August. That was my major event after the pandemic. The result gave me a lot of confidence. After that event, this Nationals was the big tournament I competed in. The competition is very good here and to come out with good results is rewarding,” concluded Esha.

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