“I don’t want to imagine being at the Paris Olympics,” says Palak Gulia after securing a Olympic quota

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Palak Gulia

At just 18 years old, Palak Gulia has already made a significant mark in the world of shooting. The young star secured India’s 20th spot for the Paris Olympics by winning the bronze medal in the 10m Air Pistol category at the ISSF Final Olympic Qualification Championship in Rio de Janeiro.

Born and raised in India, Palak has always shown a keen interest in shooting. Her passion for the sport, coupled with her natural talent, has seen her rise through the ranks at an impressive pace. Her recent success at the ISSF Final Olympic Qualification Championship is a clear indication of her potential and the bright future that lies ahead of her.

Securing the Olympic quota was no easy feat. Palak was up against some of the best shooters in the world, but she held her nerve and delivered when it mattered the most. Her performance in Rio not only earned her a bronze medal but also ensured that India would have a strong representation in the shooting event at the Paris Olympics.

Palak Gulia shares her thoughts on appearing at the Paris Olympics

Speaking to the press after the game, Palak expressed her joy and gratitude. “I feel good. It is possible because of the dedication and hard work everyone around me put in along with me,” she said. When asked about the pressure of knowing there was just one spot left, Palak remarked, “We knew coming into this tournament that there was only one spot left and we had to get it. I am thankful I was able to secure quota in this match”.

Despite her success, Palak remains grounded and focused on her training. “I don’t want to imagine (experiencing the Paris Olympics). I just want to focus on my training and we will see how it goes,” she said when asked about the feeling of qualifying for her first Olympics at the age of 18.

This achievement marks a significant milestone in Palak’s career as it is her first individual senior medal at an international event. “It is my first medal in the ISSF category. It is a big achievement for me,” concluded Palak.

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