Bengal's best year in shooting; bags 5 medals
Bengal achieved a major milestone in the 56th National Shooting championship now being held in New Delhi bagging as many as five medals in its kitty, a sort of record in recent decades.
Sixteen-year-old Mampi Das hogged the limelight winning one gold, and as many bronze in the Air Rifle, in Women event in Youth and Junior category respectively with a score of 393.
Another junior International shooter Subhankar Pramanick won gold in 50 m Rifle Prone, junior (civilian) event with a score of 580.
The debutant young shooter Sohini Maity showed her talent when she won the silver in the Double Trap, junior women, event with a score of 52. Sohini went to New Delhi for training quite a few days before the competition started as there was no gun shooting range in West Bengal.
Bengal won another medal in the 50 meter Prone, civilian, team event, comprising Vijayendra Singh, Subhajit Chakraborty and Himadri Das won silver, after being tied with formidable Indian Railways team with a score tally of 1735 and missed the gold by tie-breaker.
Keeping in mind that the National Shooting Championship of India has reached world standard the show of Bengal shooters was very impressive so far in this year's championship and best in recent years.
The competition is in its midway and Bengal can expect more medal when it comes to end on December 31.
And this year's shooting calender on a high note which started with Joydeep Karmakar's impressive show in London Olympics 2012. Other shooters from Bengal who participated in the competition as part of their office units also presented an impressive show.