Commonwealth Games 2014: Training Stint in Italy Helped me Win Silver, Says Shreyasi Singh
Young markswoman Shreyasi Singh bagged the silver in women's double trap to give India their eighth medal from shooting in the 20th Commonwealth Games.
Having clinched her maiden Commonwealth Games medal here on Sunday, silver winner Shreyasi Singh attributed her success to a training stint in Italy and thanked senior shooters Manavjit Singh Sandhu and Mansher Singh for their encouragement. (Day 5 updates)
"I trained in Italy for some time before the Commonwealth Games and that has helped me. I would also like to thank the federation and the government," shooter Shreyasi Singh said after winning silver.
Young markswoman Shreyasi bagged the silver in women's double trap to give India their eighth medal from shooting in the 20th Games.
The 22-year-old Delhi girl shot down a total target of 92 to bag the silver, two shots behind gold winner Charlotte Kerwood of England.
"My seniors like Manavjit Singh and Mansher Singh have really helped and encouraged me in my career. I am happy that shooting is doing well in India and hope it grows further."
Shreyasi could not win a medal in the last Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
"I could not win a medal in Delhi (trap singles). I won one here though it is a silver. I am very delighted," she told PTI after winning the silver.
"But I could have been in for a gold medal shoot-off had I not missed target twice in the final round. The first round was just not that good but in the final round I could have done better and would have been in a gold medal shoot-off," she said with her mother by her side.
"This is my second CWG and it's my first medal and it's been a fantastic experience. I've been glad to be a part of it. I missed two double shots and that's the reason I missed out on the gold medal, but I guess that's what shooting is all about. The best shooters perform under pressure and this is what I have to learn.
"I was feeling confident and assured that my mother is also here."
Shreyasi's grandfather Hari Shri, as well as her father, Digvijay Singh, have been presidents of the National Rifle Association of India, and taking up shooting at a young age of 16 in 2008 was a natural progression.