London: Indian pistol shooter Vijay Kumar, who made the country proud by winning a silver medal, handled the pressure well. On Friday, he said that sticking to his game plan helped him to be the victor.
"There was a lot of pressure on me but I stuck to my plans and came out well. I thank everyone who supported me," said Vijay Kumar after winning the silver medal in the 25-metre rapid fire pistol event at the Royal Artillery Barracks.
Vijay said that the medal was his childhood dream.
"This medal means such a lot to me. It has been my dream to win an Olympic medal. This is the highest you can get. I have a lot of medals on the wall but an Olympic one was missing until now," said an elated Vijay.
"I was focused like I normally am for other competitions. But this is the Olympic Games and it is very special. You can never blank out the fact that you are competing in the Olympic Games but I managed to remain focused. I knew I had to keep control over my nerves. This was my first Olympics, I knew I had to concentrate and never let that falter," said the army marksman.
This is the second medal for India as earlier India's rifle shooter Gagan Narang had won the bronze medal in the men's 10 metre air rifle event. Vijay scored 5-4-4-3-4-4-4-2.
En route to his total score of 585, Kumar became the second shooter to break the previous Olympic record of 583 during the second stage of qualification.