Tuesday, November 22 2022

Naamya Kapoor surprised almost everyone except her relatives by winning shooting gold at the world junior championships in Peru.

Naamya Kapoor won gold in the women’s 25m pistol event at the Junior World Cup. Image: @Media_SAI

He is owned by the family of 14-year-old Indian shooting sensation Naamya Kapoor, who surprised almost everyone except his loved ones by winning gold at the world junior championships in Peru.

If the presence of her triple Olympian uncle is not enough, the last teenage star of Indian filming has her older sister Khushi, who is now knocking on the doors of the national team, to inspire him.

Step out of the house and she is taken care of by her “very dedicated” trainer, Ankit Sharma, who trains children as young as nine at her academy in Faridabad. At 14, Naamya became the youngest Indian female shooter to win a medal in a top international tournament when she won gold in the women’s 25m pistol competition at the ISSF World Junior Championship in Lima on Monday.

The Kapoor family are delighted but not very surprised at the breathtaking achievement of their youngest daughter.

“We have high hopes for Naamya and Khushi because they both work very hard and are good at shooting,” their mother Gunjan told PTI on Tuesday.

When Spectacled Naamya was around 11-12 years old, she found a mentor / trainer in a 24-year-old Ankit, who had just retired as an active shooter to become a trainer, her “area of ​​interest”.

Gunjan attributed the growth and success of his two daughters to Ankit.

“He played the most important role in their development as shooters. He deserves all the credit for Naamya’s gold medal at the world championship, considering the way he worked,” he said. she adds.

For his part, Ankit was modest about this and said that Naamya has great potential to become a renowned shooter, which Rajput echoed.

“Naamya, as well as Khushi, have talent and are great prospects for the country. Not only in shooting, they are also brilliant in academics,” Rajput said. “

“While they have their trainer working with them, I try to help them whenever we meet at family reunions. Mostly, I try to encourage them and help them with ammunition, weapons, kits, I mean where to get it all from. ”Rajput is one of the most experienced active shooters in the country right now and his advice can certainly make a difference. Sanjeev from bhai the advice certainly helps them. Family plays a big role, ”Ankit said.

He added: “I agree that world champions or Olympic champions are not born but created. But we are still here to hone their skills, motivate them as much as possible. Rest is their job, so the merit is also his. “

Ankit has guided Naamya and her 17-year-old sister for the past two years at her Aim Shooting Academy in Faridabad, where aspirants can only train for the 10m air pistol event. Ankit is hoping to get a lineup for his kids to train in other events as well.

“My shooting range only has the 10m facility. As for the 25m, we go to Dr Karni Singh but it’s mostly busy as there is either a camp or a trial going on. So my kids hardly have time to train. Now, if we are given the time. a place for the 25m pistol, it will greatly benefit the shooters and they will certainly shine for the country in the future “, said Ankit, who started coaching after a young gunman approached him for help.

He has been a coach for three and a half years.

Naamya shot 36 in the final to win first prize ahead of Frenchman Camille Jedrzejewski (33) and 19-year-old Olympian Manu Bhaker (31), who has already won three gold medals in the tournament.


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