Khelo India Youth Games 2019: Abhinav Shaw teamed up with Mehuli Ghosh to help West Bengal win the 10m air-rifle mixed team.
Abhinav Shaw gets the youngest gold medallist at the Khelo India Youth Games 2019 when he teamed up with Mehuli Ghosh to help West Bengal succeed the 10m air-rifle mixed squad event in Pune Sunday. The 10-year-old from Asansol cocked his game enough in the final to ensure Mehuli Ghosh classy display would not result in any medal other than her 2nd gold, a media release issued here said. Khelo India Youth Games 2019
The 6th-standard student had to bide his time to get on the range and show his talent, not being among the 16 shooters elected to compete in the individual events in either junior (under-21) and Youth (under-17) categories. He was not about to let it go. He deals with the qualification and the final with a calm that would be the hallmark of any marksman.
The pint-sized but hugely talented young star made his team-mate, state and parents proud. A shy lad, embracing quiet, he has taken rapid progress in the direction his father Rupesh and coach Joydeep Karmakar, who missed Olympic bronze in 2012, have chosen for him.
It was clear that the Karmakar-trainees complemented one another well. In the final, where every series has a time limit, Mehuli decided to let her young teammate take the first crack.
“I take a little longer than him to line up my shot. He shoots lovely quickly and when we have a minute to complete our series, it helps to have him go first since he shoots quickly,” said Mehuli.
The West Bengal squad scored 501.7 points in the final, better than their 498.2 in the junior final and the 498.8 in the Youth final in Thiruvananthapuram, the release stated.