“A lot of people advised my father not to make me wrestle. They said if I injured myself, no one would be marrying me. But my father was resolute.”
While securing a Olympic Quota Anjum also becomes the first woman to win an Individual Air Rifle medal at the World Championships in the Senior category last year.
Zeena’s father, Prithvi Raj Khitta, is an apple farmer. She claims that she learnt about rifles from her grandfather who used it to keep wild animals away from their apple orchards.
Navjot Kaur was the first Indian woman gold medallist in the history of the Asian Championships before Divya Kakran.
“My sore left thigh prevented a smooth action. I will try to improve and qualify for the Olympics,” said Halder, who is ranked 19th in the Olympic qualifiers list.
Namita Chandel, canoeing and kayaking player, is working hard to become the first Indian woman to qualify for canoeing at 2020 Olympics.
Ancy set a record of 6.36m in long jump and secured a place for herself in the squad going to Hangzhou, China.
“The Khelo India scheme has really come as a lifesaver. My father earns Rs 2000-3000 per month through his beedi business, which is obviously not much,” Poorna said.
Assam’s 17-year-old Shivangi Sarma won the women’s under-21 100m freestyle, the Girls U21 400m Freestyle with a timing of 4:34.55 to bag the top medal, defeating Tamil Nadu’s Bhavika Dugar (4:55.64).
Young talent from Assam, Jinu Gogoi won bronze in the Under-21 Girls’ pair event at the lawn bowl green at the Khelo India Youth Games.
Himachal Pradesh’s Zeena Khitta won gold in the 10m air rifle event at the Khelo India Youth Games with a score of 251.3 on Tuesday.
In September 2018, Anjum became the first Indian shooter to secure am Olympic quota for India. She claimed silver medal in Women’s 10m air rifle event at ISSF World Championships in South Korea and emerged on top.