ISSF Junior World Cup: Elavenil Valarivan beats Mehuli Ghosh's jr world record to win gold

  • 18-year old marksman Elavenil Valarivan shoots a World Record score at Junior World Cup.
Modified 22 Mar 2018, 12:40 IST

Elavenil Valarivan
Elavenil Valarivan competed in her second ISSF event

What's the story?

Indian junior shooter Elavenil Valarivan broke the Junior Women's World Record during the ISSF Junior World Cup in Sydney, Australia beating the previous record held by fellow Indian shooter Mehuli Ghosh.

In case you didn't know...

Elavenil Valarivan is an 18-year-old shooter from the state of Tamil Nadu, competes in the 10m Air Rifle events. She has been competing professionally since the age of 14, and made her debut in an ISSF Shooting event last year during the Junior World Cup in Suhl, Germany. She finished on the 28th position in Suhl, shooting a score of 414.0.

The heart of the matter

The 18-year-old shot a new World Record score of 631.4 during her qualification round at the ISSF Junior World Cup in Sydney, beating the previous record by Mehuli Ghosh, who had scored 629.1 just two weeks ago.

The rookie shooter went on to win gold at the ISSF Junior World Cup, beating Chinese Taipei’s Lin Ying-Shin and People’s Republic of China’s Wang Zeru to the podium for the gold medal.

She added another gold to her kitty when she won the team event along with Shreya Agrawal and Zeena Khitta beating the teams from Chines Taipei and the People’s Republic of China. Elavenil continued her good form in the range, having won the Bronze Medal at the FISU World Shooting Championship last week.

What's next?

Elavenil Valarivan looks like yet another bright prospect for Indian shooting, which has produced a long line of stars, of late.

Author's Take

Shooting has been a sport where India has always competed at the highest levels with notable names like Abhinav Bindra, Gagan Narang, Joydeep Karmakar paving the way. Youngsters like Elavenil Valarivan and Mehuli Ghosh have displayed great potential in their performances and the future looks bright for India in the range.

Published 22 Mar 2018, 12:21 IST
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