Bhubaneswar: Shriyanka Sadangi created history by becoming the first Odia girl to win national championship in shooting.
In Bhopal, where the Rifle Nationals are taking place, Shriyanka won her first women’s 50m rifle 3 positions (3P) crown, finishing the 45-shot eight-woman final with a score of 454.9 points.
BJD MP and founder of KIIT & KISS Achyut Samanta congratulated Shriyanka for this stupendous achievement.
“It’s a great news for Odisha as this is the first time we have got a medal in Shooting. Hope this is the start of a new era of performance for Odisha shooters. I am sure this will inspire a lot of youngsters to take up shooting,” said Odisha’s Secretary, Sports & Youth Services R Vineel Krishna.
Born in 1995 at Sambalpur, Shriyanka studied in Delhi and is now doing her MBA at KIIT School of Management. She trains and practices at the Gagan Narang Academy, Pune.
In 2010, Sadangi participated in the World Shooting Championship in Germany.
In October 2011 in the Asian Airgun Championship organised in Kuwait, Sadangi bagged a gold medal. In November of the same year, she won a silver and two bronze medals in individual events at the 55th National Shooting championship.
In January 2012, Sadangi bagged a silver medal in the 10-meter Air Rifle Women category in the 12th Asian Championship held at Doha. She scored 394 out of 400 at the championship in Doha. That achievement made her the most successful shooter from Odisha.
Sadangi’s first achievement in the senior category the same year was a silver medal in the 5th Asian Senior Airgun Shooting Championship in Nanchang, China. This was a 10-metre Air Rifle event.
In 2014, Sadangi was selected in the Indian team for the 51st ISSF World Shooting Championship at Granada, Spain.
In 2015, Sadangi won a silver in Asian Shooting Championship in 10m Air Rifle Junior Women’s event at Kuwait.
In 2016, she won a silver in 9th Asian Airgun Championship, 10 meter Air Rifle Shooting event in Tehran, Iran. This was the fifth position in the championship.
In 2018, Shriyanka lost the shoot off for gold in women’s air rifle, after a close match with Charleen Baenisch of Germany in the International shooting championship.