Shooter Elavenil can’t wait to be back in the range – Times of India

CHENNAI: Shooter Elavenil Valarivan enjoyed a phenomenal run of form in the year 2019. The 20-year-old made a smooth transition from junior ranks onto the senior circuit last year, and tasted success with gold medals at Putian (China) and Rio de Janeiro editions of the ISSF World Cup in the women’s 10M air rifle category. Her terrific performances saw her become the world no.1 in the women’s 10M air rifle rankings late last year and she has retained her top spot in the table.

The unforeseen break due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdown may have upset the Olympic hopeful’s preparations but Elavenil is making the best use of this period. Not only is she keeping herself fit thanks to the training regime at her residence in Ahmedabad, Elavenil is also spending a lot of time with her books. “Yes, I have been studying a lot. I had missed my 4th and 5th semester last year because of training and competitions. So, I wanted to clear all my remaining exams with my 6th semester,” Elavenil told TOI.

Once her college reopens, Elavenil – in her final year of BA English literature – plans to clear the backlog. “I would like to give (all exams) in one go so that I can clear all of them and then enroll for my masters,” said Elavenil, who hails from Cuddalore, Tamil Nadu. While most of her contemporaries are busy binge-watching web series during this time, Elavenil has chosen not to take that route. “I have restricted my screen time as all this free time indirectly leads to more phone usage,” pointed out Elavenil, who was recently nominated for the Arjuna Award by the NRAI.

While she spends considerable amount of her time in studies, Elavenil can’t wait to be back in the range once things become normal. “For me the biggest challenge in the last few weeks was to get in a proper routine despite having free time and trying to do something productive. I am keen to get back to the range as soon as all this is over,” said Elanvenil, who will be one of the medal contenders at the 2021 Tokyo Games.

Gagan Narang, who has mentored Elavenil in the last few years at the Gun For Glory (GFG) Academy, feels she has all the ingredients to be the best in the world. “She is dedicated, determined, motivated , obedient and sincere in her training and a lot of these qualities can be found with top shooters in our country. It’s a phenomenal success story for her personally and for everyone at the GNSPF foundation and GFG and instills the belief that we are able to bring champions ‘Made in India’,” Gagan said.

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