Junior Shooting World Cup: Elavenil Valarivan Bags Gold

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The very talented young shooter Elavenil Valarivan has kept up her winning streak. On June 25, she won her second International Shooting Sport Federation Junior World Cup gold of the year, clinching the women’s 10m air rifle event at Suhl, Germany.

In a quest to earn the year’s second and final ISSF Junior World Cup title, Elavenil shot a score of 251.7 after 24 shots, a clear 0.8 ahead of China’s Zeru Wang, who won silver. She was in competition with the eight-women final team. Chinese Taipei’s Ying-Shin Lin won bronze with a score of 229.5.

18-year-old Elavenil had won the gold medal at the Junior World Cup in Sydney in March. She won the medal with three scores of 10.5 or more in her last four shots. The Ahmedabad shooter edged out Wang and Monday’s bronze medallist 19-year-old Ying Shing Lin of the Chinese Taipei. The latter became world champion at the ISSF Munich World Cup apart from claiming a silver medal at the Changwon World Cup. Wang, on the other hand, became world champion in 50M Rifle 3 Positions in Changwon.

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“I did not know before the final that Lin had become the senior world champion in Munich. When I shoot, my focus is on my scores and I am happy I could win the gold medal here. I was leading through the final and knew I only had to compete against myself. One of the things I have spent a lot of time on is maintaining stability in the position and extending my physical workouts to control my swaying tendency. My brother, who is in the Army, keeps sending me his training videos and it is like a competition between the two of us,” Elavenil told The Indian Express from Suhl.

With this win, India now has its third gold of the competition.

Congrats Elavenil!