Saurabh Chaudhary, Divyansh Singh Panwar and Elavenil Valarivan are the three shooters from India who have ranked world no.1 in the month of November 2019, and were nominated by the International Shooting Sports Federation’s (ISSF) ‘The Golden Target’ award. In yesterday’s ceremony at Munich, the trio were handed over the awards, and have been congratulated by the one and only legendary Indian shooter Abhinav Bindra.
Bindra, who was honoured with the gold medal in the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics, applauded the Golden Target winners on his official Twitter handle @Abhinav_Bindra.
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— Abhinav Bindra OLY (@Abhinav_Bindra) December 8, 2019
The 37 year old posted a picture of himself along with Saurabh, Divyansh and Elavenil, along with the caption: “Congratulations to our super stars on receiving the @ISSF_Shooting Golden Target awards.“
Saurabh Chaudhary, who hails from Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, won gold medal at the 2018 Asian Games in the 10 m Air Pistol category, and was also youngest Indian gold medalist at the Asian Games. The 17 year old is the current world record holder in the category with a score of 245.5, breaking his own previous highest at the 2018 World Championship in Changwon, Korea.
Divyansh Singh Panwar from Jaipur is the 2019 ISSF Beijing World Cup silver medalist, and has qualified to represent India at 2020 Summer Olympics to be held in Tokyo next year. back in may, the 17 year old was to the core group of the Target Olympic Podium Scheme.
“My target this year was to win an Olympic quota. Once I got that in the Beijing World Cup, I grew in confidence,” Divyansh said at the event.
Coming from Cuddalore, Tamil Nadu is Elavenil Valarivan. She secured gold at the 2018 ISSF Junior World Cup, and a silver at the World University Games in 2019. The 20 year old also topped the podium finish with a score of 251.7 at the SSF 10 meter Air Rifle world cup, held in in Rio de Janeiro back in August.
“I had certainly not thought about ending the year as World No. 1 in the senior category.” Elavenil told reporters.
“This award has raised expectations and I will have to work harder to maintain my position next year.” she added.
The Sports Authority of India also congratulated the shooters on Twitter, along with pictures from the Munich ceremony.
. @SChaudhary2002, @elavalarivan and #DivyanshPanwar were awarded with the ISSF Golden Target for finishing as the number 1 athlete in their respective disciplines in 2019.
Many congratulations. #TOPSAthlete @KirenRijiju @DGSAI @RijijuOffice @ISSF_Shooting @IndiaSports pic.twitter.com/YqhGjjyvOp
— SAIMedia (@Media_SAI) December 8, 2019