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Want to be at the top of my game before Oly: Apurvi

Want to be at the top of my game before Oly: Apurvi
The Commonwealth Games gold medal winning shooter last Saturday earned India its second Olympic quota in shooting after notching up the 10m air rifle bronze in the ISSF World Cup (Rifle/Pistol) in Changwon, Korea.

“I am aiming for my first Olympic appearance and I know I will have to be at the top of my game, keep performing better in the World Cups and shoot good scores.  Now I will look to work even harder and do well in the coming tournaments. The Olympic Games is coming up and my main aim is to try and stay in top form. I am really looking forward to it and I hope it will come through for me,” Apurvi said on Tuesday.

Though India currently has just two quotas, the 22-year-old from Jaipur is confident of the numbers swelling up in the upcoming international tournaments. “We have got a very strong team and the aim is to get more quotas in the coming World Cup in Fort Benning. We have a lot of proven international shooters and I am very confident that we would win many more quotas for next year’s Olympics. There are three more World Cups and the Asian Championships through which we can earn quota places.”

In Changwon, Apurvi shot a total of 185.6 in the finals, to finish behind Pejcic Snjezana of Croatia, who won gold, and silver medallist Ivana Maksimovic of Serbia. “It’s an amazing feeling to win my first World Cup medal and also win a quota for the country. I was working hard towards achieving it,” Apurvi, who will start training in three days to prepare for the next World Cup, said.
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