Angad Singh Bajwa
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World skeet record
Skeet shooter Angad Singh Bajwa had once told during an informal chat that he idolised Tiger Woods, Roger Federer and Michael Phelps as his sporting heroes. For Angad, all those names symbolize perfection.
Angad has himself been relentless in his search for perfection. He often wakes up in the middle of the night to ponder over his missed clay target. If he gets the answer, fine. If not, he spends a sleepless night and goes next day to the shooting range in hometown Chandigarh to begin afresh his quest for perfection.
On Tuesday, that quest drove Angad into the history books of Indian shooting, firmly establishing him as the country’s top skeet shooter.
Angad, who started out as an air pistol shooter but later moved to skeet, did the country proud on the eve of Diwali, shooting a historic gold with a world record to boot in the men’s skeet event at the Asian Shotgun Championship in Kuwait.
The effort meant Angad, 23, became the first Indian skeet shooter to win a gold at any continental or world-level event. Angad shot a perfect 60/60 in the final round to claim the top spot ahead of China’s Di Jin who shot 58, and UAE’s Saeed Al Maktoum who won bronze with a score of 46.
Angad shot 121 out of 125 in qualification to be tied at second position with three other shooters. Di Jin shot 124 to top the qualification round. Angad then went into a shoot-off to determine the minor positions and shot 15 targets to Al Maktoum’s 16 to place third.
In the finals, Angad shot like a man possessed and delivered on the promise he has been showing for years, with a perfect 60 to outclass a world-class field and claim the brightest medal on offer.
National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) president Raninder Singh was naturally over the moon. “This is the best Diwali gift to the nation. We are all so happy for Angad as he has finally realised his true potential and all his hard work over the years is beginning to yield fruit. I am certain we can expect better things from him in the future.” Other Indian in the fray, Gurjoat Khangura, shot 117 in qualification to finish 13th.