10:13pm, 23rd September, 2016


2 mins

At a very young age how can anyone win the Title of Junior World Cup .This is due to a sheer determination and hard work. This tale is of 18 years old Indian boy who shot a score of 205.5 to finish on the top of the podium. The boy from West Bengal marked his best ever performance at the international level shooting.


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Indian shooters called the shots and won seven medals, including three gold, on the opening day of ISSF Junior World Cup for pistol, rifle and shotgun here on Sunday.

Subhankar Pramanik gave India its first gold in the year’s second and final International Shooting Sport Federation’s Junior World Cup. This boy started practising shooter since 2006 in North Calcutta Rifle Club. In 2008, he started competing. His national coach was Deepali Deshpande. The 18-year-old Indian, who was sixth after the third series, staged a brilliant comeback, grabbing the lead at the end of the last series where he scored an almost-perfect 10.8. Pramanick had qualified in the sixth position after shooting 613.8 over six series. As per the rules, the top eight qualify for the finals. The other Indians in the fray were Mayur Deva Bhanu, V Sarvesh Swaroop Shankar, Fateh Singh Dhillon, P Ajaey Nithish and Syed Araib Parvez, but none of them qualified for the finals, finishing 10th, 11th, 13th, 15th and 16th respectively.


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In the finals, Subhankar shot 205.5 over 20 shots to edge out Filip Nepejchal of the Czech Republic, who managed 205.2 to settle for the silver. The Bronze went to Dragomir Iordache of Roumania. Subhankar, along with team-mates Fateh Singh Dillion and Ajaey Nithish, also helped the Indian team to a silver in the event.

A total of 279 junior athletes, representing 27 countries, are battling it out in 18 events.
The feeling of loving one’s own country. When our flag is raised up high, we feel immense pride because of these players. When our fellow countrymen shine in achieving the victory, we feel joy. Maybe it is a sense of belonging to something bigger than we are or maybe it’s just belonging.

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