Hooghly-based Mehuli Ghosh added another feather to her cap after winning three golds at the ongoing Asian Air Gun Championship 2022, in South Korea. After winning gold for India in the 10-metre air rifle mixed team final at the ISSF Shooting World Cup in July, 2022, these wins have further bolstered her confidence for the upcoming Paris Olympics in 2024.
Mehuli won in the following categories:
A) Individual 10-metre air rifle
B) Women’s team 10-metre air rifle
C) Mixed team 10-metre air rifle
“I am in a rhythm. In the past one-and-a-half years, I have not lost a tournament thanks to the strategy chalked out by my team and coach keeping the Paris Olympics in mind,” she told My Kolkata from Korea.
“The competition was fierce and I am glad that I could perform under pressure,” she added.
‘Not her best yet’
Coach Bibaswan Ganguly said, “Since September, 2021, Mehuli has been practicing at least 10 hours daily. Her team comprises a meditation instructor, fitness expert and a psychologist. We are very happy with her overall improvement.”
Though Ganguly believes that there is room for improvement, he said Mehuli is ready for the high-octane Olympics. “In 2021, we chalked out a regimen for her and everything is working according to the plan. Mentally and physically, she is doing great and is gaining immense experience,” Ganguly said.
While her goal is the Paris Olympics, she is set for a number of international tournaments till the end of 2023 with the Air Rifle World Cup and the Asian Games being two big-ticket tournaments among others.