What seemed like a difficult encounter proved to be an easy outing for the Indian as he dominated the proceedings to win the encounter 17-9.
The 23-year-old shooter from Punjab had earlier qualified for the gold medal by finishing the ranking match with 261.1 points.
Facing Lucas in the final could have easily put him off but the young Indian shooter did not feel any pressure and focused on the match.
Arjun told Sportsflash radio, “Ideally, I should have felt the pressure of facing Lucas and could have walked away with the opportunity, but I stayed calm and didn’t let anything weigh on me that would help me win the gold.” got help.”
This is Arjun’s first win at the senior level and he admitted that his rise to the top has a lot to do with Khelo India.
Arjun said, “Khelo India has helped a lot in shaping and preparing for big events and taught me how to handle pressure. I feel Khelo Games act as a launchpad for Indian athletes And helps a lot in overall development.”
With Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games nearing, he feels the absence of shooting from the Games is very disappointing.
“I am deeply saddened to miss shooting from the Commonwealth Games. As a budding shooter, I felt the Commonwealth Games experience would be very useful for me and I could have ended up on the podium as well. But that is part of destiny and I hope they include shooting next time,” said Arjun.
“I have let go of despair now and I look forward to the World Championships in October which will give us a quota place for the Olympics,” he said.
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