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26 Aug 2010

From ballet to ballistics

Not many people would make a link between the worlds of ballet and competitive shooting, but that didn't stop Uzbekistan's Lenaza Asanova from enjoying both of the diverse disciplines as a child.

Ballet classes soon had to give way to target practice, however, as Asanova's pistol talents came to the fore. She had taken up shooting at the age of 12, following encouragement from her older sister - a keen biathlete – and initially tried to juggle both pastimes, before her coach finally persuaded her to focus on the pistol.

She made her international debut in 2009, competing at the Asian Youth Games in Singapore where she finished 23rd with a score of 353 points in the women's junior 10m air pistol. Later that year she competed in the Asian Championships in Doha, finishing in 12th position with 365 points.
She skipped the World Championships in Munich earlier this month, however, in order to focus on the YOG.

"I thought I'd better do my best at one occasion rather than try to do well at two different occasions," said the 18-year-old. "My goal is to become one of the medallists. We all have a chance."

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