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Narang, Bindra lead India's shooting challenge at Beijing

Jul 29, 2008 09:28 PM IST India India
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New Delhi: Gagan Narang's exploits on the shooting range have made him a marked man at Beijing Olympics. Not just will other competitors be wary of him; even the Indian sporting fraternity is looking upto him to deliver. He boasts of every international feat except an Olympic medal and Narang is ready to change that. Narang's teammates on the Indian shooting team say he handles pressure the best and call him Mr Cool. And he will have to bank on all his experience in Beijing. He's a former World No.1 in the men's 10-meter air rifle event and is currently on a hot streak. "I don’t think there is anything to be scared of pressure. Pressure keeps me a little bit on the edge and keeps me sharp. So it works well for me and I want to do well," says Narang. Narang will be shooting two other events in Beijing apart from the 10-meter. He won a medal in three positions at the Asian Games and has focused on that over the year. Just a few months back he shot a world record 600 out of 600 in prone, his third event. "I am just going to the Olympics with one thought in my mind which is performing consistently and giving my best. If my best is good enough it will win a medal for us. If it is not then I am going to try harder and harder," he says. Giving Narang company in the 10-meter is the reigning world champion Abhinav Bindra. Bindra reached the final at Athens Olympics four years back and has been training hard in Germany for the last couple of months. "If it was not for Abhinav I wouldn't be bettering myself all the time and he wouldn't be bettering himself. So I think it is a continuous process of evolving in the sport," he points out. Narang and Bindra have won many medals together in the past and are fierce competitors and this will be one battle within the team to watch out for.

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