At just 19, Isha Singh is ready to aim for a medal at the Paris Olympics

Hyderabad’s young shooter Esha Singh, just 19 years old, has qualified for the Paris Olympics, the mega sporting event to be held this month. Esha Singh was barely nine years old when she first heard the loud sound of bullets at a firing range in Hyderabad. It excited her. That echoing sound inspired her to pick up the gun. Though heavy, it overwhelmed her, as she welcomed the adrenaline rush. India’s top shooter Esha credits her businessman father Sachin Singh, a rally driver, for her early encouragement in the sport.

Eesha was born on 1 January 2005 in Hyderabad and hails from a family passionate about sports. She started training at the tender age of 9 and became the state-level junior champion within a year. Eesha soon became the senior national champion, the youngest player to achieve this position. Acclaimed as a talented child, Eesha continues to live up to expectations and her growing stature is only raising more hopes. As the national champion in the 10m air pistol category (2018), she won gold medals at the second edition of the Khelo India Youth Games (under-17 category) in January 2019 and the Asian Airgun Championships in Taoyuan, Taiwan in March-April 2019.

A silver medal at the ISSF Junior World Cup in Suhl, Germany in July 2019, a bronze medal in the 10m air pistol mixed team event there, besides two gold medals at the Asian Junior Championships (in 10m air pistol women and 10m air pistol mixed team) held in Doha, Qatar in November 2019. Her incredible achievement at the Asian Games comes as no surprise as she is battle-hardened and driven to achieve more success. The bigger the stage, the better she performs and this was evident when she defeated established names like Heena Sidhu and Manu Bhaker to become India’s youngest champion after four years of her professional career.

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