Indian shooter Elavenil Valarivan took everyone aback by breaking qualification world record and bagged the gold medal in 10m women’s air rifle event of the season’s first junior International Shooting Sports Federation World Cup in Sydney.
Elavenil who hails from Ahmedabad combined with Shreya Agrawal and Zeena Khitta to clinch the team gold medal. Arjun Babuta bagged his second junior world cup medal, pocketing a bronze in men’s 10m air rifle event. The 18-year-old Elavenil, competing in her second World Cup and first final, shot 249.8 in the women’s final to win the top individual honours. The student of Bhavan’s Sheth RA College of Arts and Commerce shot 631.4 in the qualification, which is a new world record. After a 9.6, Elavenil sealed the win with a big 10.7 in the crucial 24th shot, getting the better of Chinese Taipei’s Lin Ying-Shin.
After her triumph, Elavenil said “I am really glad with my performance in Sydney. I have been shooting really well and I knew the way I have been performing over the past few months, a victory of this magnitude was around the corner”
Elavenil had also won a bronze medal at the International University Sports Federation, FISU World Shooting Sport Championship last week. Elavenil trains at Olympic medalist Gagan Narang’s ‘Gun For Glory’ center.
“I would like to dedicate this win to my parents and thank Gagan Sir and my coaches at GFG who have been working continuously behind me to make a shooter capable of winning titles at the world stage, Elavenil added.
Many congratulations to our junior Indian shooters Elavenil Valarivan and Arjun Babuta for bagging up the gold medal!