Hyderabad: Elated by his maiden national title when he won the men’s trap gold in Thiruvanthapuram recently, city shooter Kynan Chenai says it is nice a feeling to win in his sixth attempt.
“I’m feeling really good about this win. This is my first men’s national gold medal. I always wanted to do well at this level. I managed to do it finally. I have been really close on a few occasions but somehow missed the bus,” he said.
Saying that any medal is good thing but this gold medal effort will lift his confidence. “It gives a feeling that you are doing the right thing. The competition was very good this time and I think I performed decently well in the final.’’
Although he had his ups and downs in career, the Rio Olympian, however, said there has been a steady rise in his journey as a shooter. “I realised that hard work is the biggest requirement for a shooter to peak at the right time.’’
Chenai said his immediate priority is next year’s World Cup in New Delhi that will be held in March. The gold medal win in Thiruvanthapuram will take him forward. This win will boost his morale in his preparations for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. “I’m trying to qualify for the event and am quite sure that I will manage to put up a good fight.”
Talking about his preparation, Kynan said, “There is a lot of work going into physical and mental training. But what matters more is to peak at the right moment. It is a great feeling to achieve something for my country. We want to win every tournament that we play.”
The 27-year-old shooter lauded the role played by the national coaches like Mansher Singh (shot gun) and Jaspal Rana (pistol) in improving the performance of shooters. “They understand our mentality and help us prepare in the right frame of mind.”
Kynan also pointed out that shooting is on the rise in the country. ”Shooting is in exciting phase. We have seen the emergence of new talents. This augurs well but I would appreciate there is more support for them.’’