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Narwal targets all Junior & Senior world records by 2020

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Updated: 17-04-2019 17:01 IST
Narwal targets all Junior & Senior world records by 2020

Promising Indian shooter Manish Narwal said he wants to have the Senior and Junior world records in his name by Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. "This is a challenge to myself to get all the World Records - Junior and Senior Qualification and Finals - by 2020. Winning the gold at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics is also a dream. And I will give my 100 per cent to achieve that," Narwal told Asian Paralympic Committee.

The 17-year-old had narrowly missed out on a medal at the Al Ain 2019 World Shooting Parasport World Cup in February, despite having pulled off a Junior Qualification World record when he shot 579 points in P1 Men's 10 Air Pistol SH1 qualifying round. He eventually finished fourth in the finals. He was the silver medallist in the same event last year.

"I was disappointed. I am learning to cope with all these setbacks. It's important to sometime forget the defeats and keep working towards bigger goals, like the World Championships and the Paralympics," said the shooter from Faridabad. "I believe I didn't control my emotions well. Also, I was little nervous. I need to practice more. There are several World Cups in the coming months. I will try to be better," he added.

In his first senior Nationals, Narwal finished with two gold medals, before he picked up another five golds and a record in the 2017 National Championships. He also had an individual silver each at the 2017 Bangkok and 2017 Dubai World Cups. Last year, he won eight gold and one silver in the Senior Nationals. In 2018, he won three gold medals at the World Cup in France and also secured a Tokyo 2020 quota place for India.

At the Asian Para Games 2018, he brought home India's only gold from the shooting range. He clinched the gold in the P1 men's 10m Air Pistol SH1 with a Games record, bagged a Junior World record en-route and took the silver in P4 50m Pistol Mixed SH1 finals.