Divyansh’s big strike raises hopes

Divyansh Singh Panwar has been on a big scoring spree in air rife and it was no surprise that he overtook the World record in winning the Lakshya Cup in Mumbai.

The 11th standard student from Jaipur, who has been shooting phenomenally well in the National selection trials asserting his dominance across the men’s, juniors’ and youth category, has done the ground work to earn a call in the National squad for the World Cup to be staged at the Dr. Karni Singh Range, Tughlakabad, in February.

To put things in perspective, Divyansh’s score of 252.3 in the final in Mumbai was better than the world record of 251.2 set by Alexander Dryagin of Russia in the Changwon World Cup in April 2018.

Interestingly, the women’s world record of 252.4 in air rifle is better, and is with Zhao Ruozhu of China who shot the score in the same World Cup in Changwon last year.

More importantly, Divyansh has been highly consistent in the qualification phase as well, with scores of 630.3 in Mumbai, apart from 630.4 and 628.8 in the two trials.

“I have not done anything different recently. I have focused on the basics and technique,” said Divyansh when contacted.

Good chance

Right behind the two stalwarts Deepak Kumar and Ravi Kumar who have been consistently representing the country in recent times, Divyansh believes that there is a good chance to win the Olympic quota.

“It is possible. I am not thinking about it much. At the moment, I am thinking about the exams next month,” said Divyansh.

Shooting will take priority for the young man who has been guided well by coach Deepak Dubey in Delhi and the former Asian champion, Olympic finalist and world record holder Suma Shirur during the national camps.

“Suma madam has taught me a lot, and made me technically strong. Deepak sir helps me physically, mentally and technically whenever I train in Delhi,” said Divyansh.

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