I was competing with myself and my best score: Tejaswini

I was competing with myself and my best score: Tejaswini
PTI
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First Published: Tue, Oct 12 2010. 05 02 PM IST
Updated: Tue, Oct 12 2010. 05 02 PM IST
New Delhi: Tejaswini Sawant was competing with herself and not her opponents during the women’s 50m rifle prone singles where she won a silver at the Karni Singh Shooting Range on Wednesday.
“I was not competing against anybody. I was only competing with myself and my own score.I am fairly satisfied with my showing.I tried my level best but I could not get gold,” Tejaswini said moments after winning her second silver medal in the ongoing Commonwealth Games.
The first Indian woman to win a world championship, Tejaswini had earlier combined with Lajja Goswami to bag a silver in women’s 50m rifle 3 positions pairs event.
Tejaswini also has a bronze which she won yesterday along with Meena Kumari in the 50m rifle prone.
“My personal best is 597 and I was competing against it but fell short by three points. That’s a little disappointing,” said the Kolhapur girl.
Asked if there was any pressure on her especially after winning the world championship in Munich in August, Tejaswini replied in negative.
“No, there was no pressure on myself. Actually I was not thinking much about the field.I was just trying to better my score.”
Asked about her preparation, Tejaswini said: “Yesterday, I was a bit over conscious.Even my coach told me that. I just wanted to focus on my technique today.”
Tejaswini did not quite set the stage on fire here, but she promised to do much better in the Asian Games next month.
“I had just 10-12 days for training before the Commonwealth Games. So, somewhere in the back of my mind, I was thinking if I would be able to do anything. Due to that I was a bit overcautious during the competition,” Tejaswini said.
“We can hope to do well there as well. There’s some time between the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games. That will give us more time for training.”
The shooter is also delighted to see India win a bagful of medals in the ongoing competition.
“It has improved, not just in Commonwealth Games, but also at the World Championships,” she said
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First Published: Tue, Oct 12 2010. 05 02 PM IST