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I want to reach peak form and maintain it: Narang

Glasgow 2014

New Delhi: Injuries and recoveries have marked Gagan Narang’s life over the last three years and the shooting ace, having just secured a quota for the Rio Olympics, says he is striving to reach peak form and maintain the momentum going into the multisport extravaganza.

The London Olympics bronze medallist has just earned a quota place for the Rio Games by finishing third on the podium in the 50m Rifle Prone Event at the ISSF World Cup in Fort Benning, USA.

“US to Rio may not be a long distance but May 2015 to July-August 2016 is a long journey. I have to plan for the road ahead. Important would be to manage my peaks. I shall have to sit down with my coach when I get back to India and chart my programme for the next 12 months,” Narang told.

The 32-year-old old called it a crucial result, which will give him enough time to prepare for what could be his fourth Olympic participation.

“I needed to secure the Olympic quota to plan ahead. The earlier one gets, the easier it is to chart the next few months. Now I have a definite direction. In that sense it was a crucial result. I am very happy to have got it in this World Cup. Next we go to Germany and compete in the year-end World Cup.”

A multiple time medallist at mega events such as Asian Games, Commonwealth Games, World Championships, World Cups besides Olympics, Narang has been called the ‘powerhouse of Indian shooting’ by National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) President Raninder Singh.

The shooter is focused on keeping himself fit.

“I have worked a lot on my fitness. That was my biggest challenge. I knew if I got that right, the rest would fall in place. As far as technique is concerned, I do not fall behind. Also I worked with my mental trainer to train myself for tougher contests. I think my progress has been satisfactory and it is showing in the results.”

Having experienced ups and down in recent years, Narang said this result was expected.

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