She has been waiting for this day since her childhood — the 15-year wait has been rather long, but it has been worth the wait.
Pooja Ghatkar became the first Indian to win a World Cup shooting medal in India when she clinched the bronze in the women’s 10m Air Rifle event at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup being held in the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range in New Delhi.
“The medal means a lot to me because it’s my first World Cup medal. I won’t say it’s great, but first start is a good start. This medal will help motivate other shooters to do well in this competition. I hope many of them make it to the final & the podium,” Pooja told NewsX shortly after winning the medal.
Pooja bagged the bronze with a total score of 228.8 on the opening day of ISSF World Cup and became the first Indian to win a World Cup medal in India.
China’s Mengyao Shi won the gold medal with 252.1 in the final and Dong Lijie clinched the silver medal.
This was Pooja’s first World Cup medal after making it to two finals last year. She is also an Asian Champion in the 10m air rifle category.
“Last year I had missed an Olympic quota by just few points and from that day I have been working very hard for the 2020 Olympics. Let’s hope everything goes right and I perform better and better. It’s home ground & we have an advantage as our shooters have the experience. We know the range, the target, the lights; we have been training for the last 15 days. I don’t want to put any figure, but I believe our shooting team will do very well and we hope to get a bagful of medals,” said Pooja.