Intense competition has helped in the rise of Indian shooting, feels Elavenil Valarivan

NEW DELHI: Your transition from junior to senior circuit may seem effortless given the continuing gold rush but the rapidly growing ace of fire Elavenil Valarivan He says that aiming in the elite league is a very different ball game.

The 20-year-old girl claimed her first gold in the senior circuit in the recent ISSF World Cup in Rio de Janeiro, becoming one of the many young people in recent years that has attracted attention with their skills and results.

Having made the transition after winning everything that was offered in the junior category, Elavenil joined the senior team this year. The Ahmedabad-based shooter is a gold medalist on multiple occasions at the junior level.

I have been with the senior team this whole year and the competition is very high. As for the competition, there are many changes. The training is different. It is very competitive, he told PTI.

... and we have a very good group of shooters. A quality shot helps us all. The atmosphere really pushes us to do our best all the time, Elavenil said.

Olympic bronze medalist Gagan Narang She has played an important role in her development and was the first to call the young rifle shooter for her gold at the Rio de Janeiro World Cup recently.

In fact, he was the first to call me after my victory. It was a very special day for the academy. I am so lucky to be able to train directly with him. You can learn a lot from him. It's very special, he recalled.

I was super happy. Because we train very hard. He said he had something to say about the last shot, but that will be for later. I don't think he's happy with that, Elavenil said about his mentor.

In his debut year at the top level, Elavenil shot 251.7 in the final to help India extend his new domain in the 10-meter air rifle event, leaving his teammates behind. Apurvi Chandela and Anjum Moudgil.

Because of the eight-and-a-half hour difference between India and Rio de Janeiro, he said his parents were up all night to track their progress.

They were up all night checking my results. They always are. It has always been this way every time I am filming a game. My parents, my brother (who is in the Indian army), trains them all, he said.

The results in Rio de Janeiro ensured an unprecedented top finish for India across all four ISSF World Cup Stages this year, including the lone junior World Cup.

India's final count in Rio de Janeiro was five gold, two silver and two bronze medals for a total of nine.

The Indian rifle and pistol shooters topped the medals tally at all four ISSF World Cup stages this year in a phenomenal performance, picking up a total of 22 medals with as many as 16 gold.