KARACHI: Pakistan’s top skeet shooter Khurram Inam is not aiming high.
The experienced campaigner, gearing up for the London Olympics, will become the first Pakistani to represent the country in individual competitions at the mega event three times. However, that has not got the shooter’s hopes up as the 45-year-old targets a ‘personal best’ at the event and a finish in the top half.
“Nothing is impossible but one has to be realistic,” Inam told The Express Tribune. “It’ll be tough keeping the professional competitors in mind. Most of them have a set of coaches but we have to prepare on our own with little support from the authorities. What I’m hoping for is a finish in the top half in the 40-shooter event and surpassing, or even levelling, my personal best of 119.”
Inam, who was given the nod following a series of trials, added that he was preparing hard for the event. “I’m doing my best. My approach is positive which is very important. It will be a great honour for me to be at the Olympics for a third time and hopefully, I will get good results for my country.”
Khurram was placed 23rd at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, which featured over 50 shooters, before a poor show fours years later — finishing 32nd out of 36 contenders in Athens.
The skeet competitions in the London Games will take place on July 30 and 31.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 11th, 2012.
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