I had unflinching belief in my ability to fight back: Jitu

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 10 Apr 2018 11:06:13


 

 

GOLD COAST

JITU Rai says he believed unflinchingly, unquestionably in his ability to stage a comeback and win the men’s 10m air pistol gold after a rather average qualifying outing in the 21st Commonwealth Games.“Frankly speaking, my qualification score was not very good, but I had 100 per cent faith in my ability that I can do it, because I have done well in the finals and won many medals in the past. My belief was unflinching,” the unassuming Rai said.
The World Championship silver medallist broke the CWG record (235.1) to claim the top prize by some distance in the finals after being placed fourth in the qualification phase with 570.“Two-three low scores pulled me down but then my belief helped me. That makes me really happy. So, I was confident of covering it in the finals and I never back off. So again, I am reaping the rewards of all the hard word work I have put in during training.” In the air pistol finals, Jitu started on a strong note and led with 100.4 at the end of stage 1, while Mitharval was third with 98.1. In stage 2 elimination, Rai started with 10.3 and 10.3 to lead the pecking order, even as his compatriot moved up and displaced Bell at second place with two 10.1. Rai continued to surge ahead with a 10.2 but an 8.4 disturbed his momentum somewhat, as the next shot fetched him 9.2.


“I had a bad qualifying round because I was sweating a lot, was feeling nervous and also the timing of my trigger was off,” Rai said. “But once the coach told me the mistake I was making in my timing, I corrected that and got better result in the finals,” he added. Young Mehuli Ghosh settled for a silver medal after forcing a shoot-off in the women’s 10m air rifle event with a perfect final shot of 10.9 while defending champion Apurvi Chandela secured bronze.Asked about what looked like a premature celebration by her when she thought she had won a gold following that 10.9, Ghosh said, “It was my mistake. I was so focused on the game I didn’t notice it was only a shoot-off.” The 17-year-old, who trains at Olympian Joydeep Karmakar’s academy in Kolkata, added, “Itwas my first Commonwealth Games. I’m happy but definitely not satisfied.”

On her plans for future competitions, she said, “I will try harder next time. I know I can do more and will try my best.” The air rifle finals witnessed an exciting a climax as Ghosh, at 17 years of age, ensured a shoot-off with Singapore’s Martina Lindsay Veloso, the eventual gold medallist and one who displayed imperious form all along, and so was Ghosh.Both Veloso and Ghosh shot a Games record 247.2 before the Singaporean had the last laugh with a 10.3 in the shoot-off.as her Indian rival managed 9.9 at the Belmont Shooting Centre.