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Deaf shooter Priyesha Deshmukh wins bronze in international event

September 19, 2016

23-year-old Priyesha Deshmukh, a hearing impaired shooter from Pune, won a bronze medal in the 10m air rifle category at the first World Deaf Shooting Championships held in Kazan in Russia.

This was her first international event and also the first time she has played outside India.

Priyesha scored 180.4 in the final to secure the third spot, a big achievement given she started playing the sport three years back.

Priyesha has not had it easy playing this sport in India as shooting does not have a national body in the deaf category.

Her father had to struggle a lot to get the clearance for her to participate.

Priyesha is now aiming for the Deaflympics, Olympics for the deaf to be held in Turkey in 2017.

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