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Am in good shape, asserts Joydeep

New Delhi: Two years ago, in London, Joydeep Karmakar was unlucky to miss an Olympic medal despite coming up with a fine show in the finals. While Belarusian Sergei Martynov won the gold, the Bengal shooter was pushed to the fourth spot.

Back in the squad for the Commonwealth Games, Joydeep is now determined to reverse the trend in Glasgow. The only Indian to win a medal in the 50 metres prone event in a World Cup, the Calcutta rifleman had been practising hard under German coach Heinz Reinkemeier for the past one month.

Reinkemeier is also the coach of star rifle shooter Abhinav Bindra and is expected to join the Indian team in Glasgow in the next couple of days.

“I never talk about my chances of winning a medal on the eve of a major championship.

“But I am in good shape and have made a few changes in my technical preparations. I hope to do well here,” Joydeep told The Telegraph from Glasgow.

“Some might say it was not wise to go for fundamental changes before a major meet but I felt it was necessary.

You may call it a gamble but I have made changes in my breathing and trigger techniques. Let us see how these things help me in the competition,” he said.

The competition at Glasgow, Joydeep believed, would be a tough one. Another Indian looking to corner glory in the 50 metres prone would be 2010 CWG hero, Gagan Narang. Having failed to secure a place for his favourite event 10 metres air rifle Narang is now taking part in the prone and three-positions events.

“Among our main rivals could be Scotland’s Neil Stirton and Johathan Hammond,” said Joydeep.

Hammond won four medals in the Delhi Games, which included two gold medals. Stirton won the gold in the 50 metres prone pairs and a bronze in the 3 positions. Also in the fray is Australian star Warren Potent, a winner of bronze medal in the 2008 Olympics.