What were you doing when you were 16 years old? The majority of us were sitting in our rooms, doing 'important work' from 'research material' folder on our computers. But this 16-year-old proved that he is gifted with superhuman abilities and is somebody India can look up to in the coming years.
Hailing from a small town in Uttar Pradesh, Saurabh Chaudhary proved his mettle at International Shooting Sports Federation World Cup, that took place in Delhi, when he created a world record of 245 points before eventually clinching the gold medal in 10m air pistol final. His stellar performance and incredible record helped clinch first Tokyo Olympics quota for India as well proving it to be the icing on the cake.
Where we are all in awe of Chaudhary's abilities and achievement, his national coach Samresh Jung saw it a long time coming. After his apprentice's incredible feat, Jung said, “He was shooting like he was always shooting at the senior level. Even with the crowd cheering and yelling, there were no slip-ups from him and he made a world record.” The thing that is a testament to the 16-years old potential is his incredible ability to concentrate. The prodigy's new coach Amit Sheoran claimed, ” Shooting 245 is not new for him. During training, he tries to hit more than 248 so that he doesn't feel that some score is big. It showed now that 245 is normal for him. Even in the qualifying, he tries to go beyond 590.”
Chaudhary's dominance can be showcased by the point difference between him and the Serbian silver medalist who bagged 239.3 points and second quota spot. “I knew I had a big lead but didn't bother about it. I just kept doing everything I do in practice. I don't think about a nine as well. Coaches train us for such situations and I keep doing that'' said Saurabh.
The thing we're certain of is this potential mixed with hard work that Saurabh puts in will eventually lead India to glory on a stage where India has often underachieved. Next Abhinav Bindra? We think not. It's a new Saurabh Chaudhary. Remember the name.