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Jabalpur girl becomes India’s No.1 shooter, she will represent India in Tokyo Olympics 2020

There is no hiding to the fact that India has been producing some of the finest talents in all sporting fields. Jabalpur shooter identified as Shreya Agrawal shot into prominence as she bagged the top spot in air-rifle junior rankings in India.

Shreya’s journey to success is really interesting. Her success mantra of patience and perseverance helped her to achieve success. It was only three years after she picked up a gun, Jabalpur shooter made the headlines for her achievement.

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The 18-year-old Shreya, who announced her arrival bet setting a world record and Asian record in April in Taiyuan, Taipei, has a terrific shot at making it to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. She is now at the third position with 628.5 points, just 2 points behind the second position and qualifying for the Olympics.

Each nation can send 2 shooters to the Olympics.

Shreya joined the ‘Gun for Glory Academy in Jabalpur in 2015. “No one from my family has ever been in this sport. Even I joined it by accident. In 2015. our teacher asked students if they were interested in a shooting championship.

I gave my name without having ever having seen a gun in my life. I won a medal. My parents realized my potential and admitted me in the academy: said Shreya. Her father Sanjay Agarwal is a government employee,”

Her coach Nishant Nathwani said, “She has set an example for other children. starting at the right age can make wonders. Her parents are also an example of how the right support at the right time can help a child achieve big things in life.- Academy director Prashant Jain said. “She has made all of us proud.”

Shreya’s international medal cabinet is awesome. She won ISSF Jr World Cup 2018 (Sydney): Gold and bronze, ISSF Jr World Cup 2018 (Suhl): Bronze, Meeting of Hopes (Czech Republic): Silver and bronze 52nd ISSF World Championship (S. Korea): 2 bronze. 1 silver: team world record, 11th Asian Airgun Shooting Championship (Kuwait): Silver, 12th Asian Airgun Shooting Championship (Taiwan): 2 world records and three gold medals

There are 3 more world cups for her to enhance her score- two of them this year. She will start a journey soon to battle it out in the Munich championship from May 25. “I have been consistent for the past year. Setting a world record was quite encouraging. I am now eying the next world cup.” Shreya told TOI.

Written by Sagar Abhinandan

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