Hyderabad lad Kynan Chenai had found himself another mad zeal — buffing up his torso to look like Indian Arnie was crossed with Hercules.
You’d think there was nothing more macho than slinging a shotgun on the shoulder and sauntering onto an outdoor range, coolly demolishing some clay birds. But a few years ago, Hyderabad lad Kynan Chenai had found himself another mad zeal — buffing up his torso to look like Indian Arnie was crossed with Hercules. A gym fiend while spluttering out of his teens, Kynan was addicted to the cross-fit regime and unwilling to stop beefing up, until the long stock of the gun drilled sense into the youngster.
Those ripping shoulders have made way for a lighter lither frame that makes shooting a gun far easier — and the trap shooter, more agile in his bearing and far more flexible in his thinking, rose to the challenge of winning India its 10th quota position during the Asian Olympic qualifiers on Thursday. “He was totally mad about training in the gym,” says long-time mentor Mansher Singh, who recalls how ultimately the realisation came from the youngster himself that his bulky shoulders were coming in the way of quick reflexes and spinning of the upper torso to trap down targets. Kynan shot 120 (a series of 22, 25, 23, 25, 25 / each out of 25) in qualification to make the six-man final, and then tied with three others on a score of 12 after the first 15 shots to pick one of the four quotas available.
The 25-year-old would miss the bronze against Kuwaiti Tala Al-Rashidi, but prop up spirits on a day when Olympians Vijay Kumar and Manavjit Sandhu (23, 22, 25, 25, 23 for 118 / 125) just couldn’t leap high enough to steal the quota on a luckless day.
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