CHENNAI: 4 days after P Shri Nivetha gained gold within the ladies’s group occasion on the ongoing ISSF World Cup in New Delhi, it was the flip of one other Tamil Nadu shooter — Gaayathri Nithyanandam — to hog the limelight on Thursday. Gaayathri, who hails from Coimbatore, teamed up with Anjum Moudgil and Shreya Saksena to win silver within the ladies’s 50m rifle 3 positions (3P) group occasion. Polish group comprising Aneta Stankiewicz, Aleksandra Szutko and Natalia Kochanska gained the gold. Within the gold medal face-off, the Polish aspect shot 47 whereas the hosts scored 43.
Earlier, the Indian ladies’s group registered scores of 1304 and 864 within the first and second qualifying rounds respectively. The Indonesian trio — Vidya Rafika Rahmatan Toyyiba, Monica Daryanti and Audrey Zahra Dhiyaanisa gained bronze. “This medal is near my coronary heart as a result of it’s my first medal on the senior stage. I’ve secured podium finishes on the junior World Cup previously however this efficiency feels good. The competitors was powerful and it is nice to have added a medal to India’s tally,” Gaayathri advised TOI.
Regardless of a group medal in her kitty, Gaayathri believes there’s scope for enchancment in her sport. “I had shot higher scores in the course of the matches at coaching camp earlier than the World Cup. My scores on this competitors may have been a lot better,” she stated. The 24-year-old had shone in the course of the choice trials held in Delhi final month — profitable the ladies’s 50m rifle 3 positions (3P) closing beating the likes of Anjum and Tejaswini Sawant.
In a bid to get higher at her sport, Gaayathri is eager on roping a psychological conditioning coach within the coming weeks. “I have not had a psychological coach earlier than. It’s one space the place I might wish to lay extra emphasis on. The thought is to work on all elements of my sport to be able to get the outcomes I’m searching for,” Gaayathri stated.
In the course of the preliminary days of the lockdown final 12 months, Gaayathri rekindled her love for veena however she quickly needed to give it up. “I’ve discovered the veena for years. Whereas being caught at residence, I selected to play it once more however it could actually numb the fingers so I had little selection however to discontinue it. The lockdown noticed me working extra on my health ranges,” stated Gaayathri, whose dad and mom — Nithyanandam and Kanchana — are into enterprise.
Coached by Satguru Das, who’s at present with the Indian junior group, that is Gaayathri’s first big-ticket occasion because the covid-19 pandemic. Her final worldwide look was on the South Asian Video games in Nepal (December 2019) the place she gained two gold medals.