Top gun, son blaze together as Rathore Jr. makes India squad
After the senior Rathore had assured himself of a spot in the men’s double trap team for the 1st World Cup with an individual gold at January’s Nationals, Manavaditya on Monday made the cut for India’s junior trap team that will go to Germany.
The Rathores, in the process, became the second Indian father-son combination after the Sandhus — Gurbir and Manavjit — to have competed concurrently at the international level. The Sandhus in fact competed as a team — in the trap event at the Asian Shooting Championships in Bangkok in 1994. “It is nice to know that both of us will be part of the team but I don’t pay much attention to these things,” said Manavaditya, a Class VIII student. “I have worked hard for it.”
But the senior Rathore, 43, was justifiably proud. It’s a tribute to both his son’s precocious talent and his own longevity. “The satisfaction is more for the parent than the child I think, but it’s good to be part of this rare feat,” he said.
Unlike the Sandhus, it’s unlikely that the Rathores will
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