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At 14, Naamya Kapoor Becomes Youngest Indian Shooter To Win An International Medal

Naamya Kapoor, ISSF Junior World Championship
Naamya Kapoor at ISSF Junior World Championship: The championship held in Lima, Peru had many sensational performances by Indian shooters and one of them was Naamya Kapoor.

The 14-year-old won a gold medal in the women’s 25 metres Pistol on October 4. Naamya Kapoor finished ahead of Manu Bhakar, who won bronze and was the former world champion in the women’s 10 metres Pistol. After winning gold, Kapoor became the youngest Indian shooter to win an international medal.

Kapoor, also the youngest amongst the eight finalists, shot 36 in the finals and claimed the top prize defeating France’s Camille Jedrzejewski, who is a 33-year-old and Olympian Bhakar who is 31-year-old.

She was in the sixth position with a total of 580 while Indian shooters – Bhakar and Rhythm Sangwan had 587 and 586 respectively. Sangwan finished fourth in the competition, reports ISSF Sports news.

Including Kapoor’s win, India went to the top of the table at ISSF World Junior Championship with 16 medals, which includes seven gold, six silver and three bronze medals.  After Tokyo Olympics, this is the first multi-discipline shooting event with 32 nations and at least 370 athletes participating.

The class IX student resides at Rajouri Garden in New Delhi and travels to Faridabad for training every day. She trains at Aim Shooting Range in Faridabad, which is three to four hours away from her home. Kapoor is participating in her first international tournament. Before this, she made it to the Indian team after finishing second – 583 – in the national trials which were held at the Dr Karni Singh Range in August.

“Naamya has been capturing for the previous three years along with her elder sister Khushi. That is the primary time she is travelling out of India alone,” said Praveen Kapoor, Naamya’s father to the Times of India.

Before Kapoor, the airgun shooter, Manu Bhaker was the youngest Indian shooter to gold in women’s 10 metres pistol at the Commonwealth Games 2018. She was also the youngest Indian to win a gold medal at the ISSF World Championship. Hailing from the Jhajjar district in Haryana, she also won one gold and one silver medal in Youth Olympic Games 2018 in Buenos Aires.

(Feature Image Credit: dnaIndia)


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