Kolkata: Frustrating finish for India’s rising star Mehuli Ghosh in shooting of Youth Olympic Games 2018 as she bags silver after ending at second place with 248.0 points. Denmark’s Grundsoee Stephanie Laura won the gold medal with 248.7 points. Earlier Mehuli started beautifully as she made history for India & Bengal to lead the pack in 10 m Air Rifle and top the qualification in with 628.1 to storm into the Finals.
In the final as well she was at the top most of the times. Stephanie two 9 pointers before the final shot as everybody thought that it would be a cake walk for Mehuli in the final shot but she failed to hold her nerve as she shot 9.1 points and Stephanie’s last shot was 10.4 which confirmed a gold medal for her.
Her coach Joydeep Karmakar looked a bit down after her performance,”The qualification round was really very good. I thought it might be a world record as well but she was in a time pressure and failed to touch the record. At one stage she was behind by 1.7 points which is huge in the Olympics but she overcame from that which is I think very good. In the final it was again a close fight as she was in top four all the time but nearing the gold her last shot was 9.1 points which hurt me a lot. You know any novice here also don’t hit a shot of 9 points. I don’t know why that happened to her as she was almost there to win a gold for the nation. In the Commonwealth Games as well she lost gold by a whisker due to the laps of concentration. I will definitely talk to her after her return from Argentina,” said Joydeep Karmakar while talking to www.xtratime.in