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Rathore confident of Olympic medal

December 25, 2007 21:06 IST

With his preparations on the right track, ace shooter Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore said he was confident of adding a second successive Olympic medal to his kitty in Beijing 2008.

"My preparations are on. Whether I will win a gold or not cannot be said but I am confident and would try to give my best," Rathore told PTI in Jaipur.

"I don't feel any pressure because whatever I have achieved cannot be taken away from me and what I would achieve will be decided on the performance of that particular day. I feel my preparations are on the right track," he added.

The double trap shooter, who is here for the National Rifle Shooting Championship, revealed he does not have a permanent coach with him but assured that it would not have a bearing on his performance at the showpiece event.

"No, I don't have any one coach with me. Whatever I feel is necessary, I do it consulting different people. I have a set of people who help me out. At the moment I am trying to adjust my grip for better results," he said.

The army man said shooters had the best chance of returning with a medal in Olympics.

"There were six Indians for the previous Olympics, now there are nine and they too have booked their berths well before the last chance of qualification. That means they are better placed. The upcoming four World Cups before Olympics will set the tone," he said.

Rathore, who is the sports ambassador of Rajasthan, said he was yet to be briefed about his role on the post.

"Let the people concerned decide and come to me if they really want me. Though I was declared Rajasthan's sports brand ambassador by chief minister herself nothing has been communicated to me," he said.

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