Areeba Khan, a class XI student from Aligarh, recently bagged gold medal in International Junior Shotgun championship, held in Finland, but her achievement went unnoticed by everyone in the media.
Khan, a student of Delhi Public School, defeated team-mate Simran Preet Kaur by 46-44 in the skeet women event. Another Indian Ganeemat Shekhon, who had scored the maximum points in the qualifying round, settled for bronze.
Khan began shooting since 2013, when she won three gold medals in the Uttar Pradesh state championship. The same year, she won a silver medal in the junior women’s category in North Zone Shooting Championship.
Her consistent performance in the four years earned Khan a place in the Indian squad that took part in the ISSF junior World Cup held in Italy and World Championship in Moscow.
Khan’s father, Mohammad Khalid, said that his daughter had shown signs for shooting when she very young. Khalid then got her enrolled at the local shooting range in Aligarh.
“Areeba’s grasping ability surprised us all. In no time, she was shooting targets with impeccable perfections,” said Khalid.
Khalid said that the family’s dream would come true when his daughter wins medals for India in the Olympics event.
“She’s working very hard and her recent performance in Finland is an indication that she’s moving in the right direction. My ultimate dream is that my daughter brings laurel for India,” he added.
Khan is no preparing for the ISSF Junior World Cup, to be held in Italy in August and World Championship in Moscow a month later.