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Deaf shooter Priyesha Deshmukh wins World Championships bronze in international debut
Deaf Indian shooter Priyesh Deshmukh made the country proud by winning the World Championships bronze in her international debut at World Deaf Shooting Championships held in Kazan, Russia. Although she can't hear the sound of pellets hitting the target, but the sight of a perfect 10 is still music to her ears.

The Pune-based girl who just started practicing this sport three years ago, won the medal in the 10m air rifle category after scoring 180.4 points. Ukrain's Svitlana Yatsenko and Serbia's Gordana Mikovic won gold and silver respectively after scoring 201.6 and 200.3.

Sharadrao, the proud father of the 23-year-old said, "The medal win is a big morale booster for Priyesha, as she worked really hard for the event. She has been winning national gold in her the handicapped category since last three years but a medal in her maiden international participation is really big," reported ToI.

However, he also talked about the hurdles in Priyesha's journey to the World Championships and said, "There is no shooting body for the deaf. The deaf category doesn't come under Indian Olympics Association either. The body that takes care of the sporting affair for the deaf is All India Sports Council for the Deaf (AISCD), but they don't have shooting sport under them. To get the sports ministry's nod, we first had to convince the AISCD. It was a tedious task, but once they got all the documents in place, they escalated the matter to the sports ministry." 

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