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‘Olympic medal should just happen’

DNMUM442750 | 9/11/2019 | Author : G Krishnan | WC :1654

In an exclusive chat to DNA, chief coach of India’s junior rifle team and former Olympian Deepali Deshpande, 50, tells G Krishnan about what goes into the consistent successes of today’s Indian shooters. Excerpts:
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Indian shooters have dominated in the four ISSF World Cups this year. What goes into this kind of success?
You have to go back a little. When we were shooting, we set some benchmarks. In Atlanta World Cup in 2003, Suma (Shirur), Anjali (Vedpathak-Bhagwat) and I made it to the World Cup final. In those days, three Indians in the final of a World Cup was huge. It all started in 1994 when Jaspal Rana won Junior World Championships gold in 25m standard pistol. Slowly, we went on adding to it. Anjali in 2002 Commonwealth Games won a lot of medals. Ultimately Abhinav Bindra won Olympics gold in 2008. National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) started a training plan, hired foreign coaches, tried to put in some system in pla
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