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Commonwealth Games 2018: 17-year-old Mehuli Ghosh named in Indian shooting team

Sagnik Kundu
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30 Jan 2018, 16:05 IST

Mehuli Ghosh (Photo : Indian Shooting)
Mehuli Ghosh (Photo: Indian Shooting)

17-year-old shooter Mehuli Ghosh, who hails from West Bengal, has been included in the India team for the upcoming Commonwealth Games to be held from 4th to 15th April, 2018 in Gold Coast.

A month back, she shot to the limelight by bagging as many as eight gold medals including four in the team event at the 61st National Shooting Championship Competitions. Since then, she has been making all the right moves in the shooting circuit.

With her inclusion in the team for the Commonwealth Games, earlier today, she became the youngest from her state to make it to the national team. It is a massive achievement for her and hopefully, she will be able to win some laurels for the country.

Her coach Joydeep Karmakar, who finished joint fourth at the 2012 London Olympics in Men's 50m Rifle Prone, though, feels that while it is a big responsibility to represent the country at such a big event, the focus will be on giving as much effort as possible.

"It's a big responsibility. It demands more hard work and we will do that. We will not focus on what we can get but instead on what we can do. It's not about whether we can win a medal or anything but about how much effort we can put in instead," Karmakar told Sportskeeda.

Mehuli will compete at the upcoming shooting World Cup in March. She will also be looking to bag an Olympic quota at the World Championship later this year in August-September o be held in Changwon, Korea.

The Baidyabati girl bagged a spot at the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires from 6th to 18th October, 2018 -- her third appearance at the Youth Games -- by winning the Asian Airgun championship in Japan.

Although she is one the bests in the country in 10-metre air rifle, Mehuli dropped to second in the latest national rankings by the federation. Apurvi Chandela replaced her placed at the top after doing well in a tournament in Europe recently.

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