I can win gold at Commonwealth Games: Kashyap

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Kashyap targets gold at Commonwealth Games 2014
New Delhi, July 18: Ace shuttler Parupalli Kashyap, who finished with a bronze at the Delhi Commonwealth Games four years ago, says he is targeting a gold medal in the men's singles and hopes lady luck will be on his side during the Glasgow edition.

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"Gold is a realistic target. With (World No. 1 shuttler) Lee Chong Wei withdrawing, it has opened up the tournament. I am the second seed and I know I can win the gold," Kashyap told PTI ahead of the team's departure to Glasgow, Scotland.

"However, it is not going to be easy as we have players like Wei Feng Chong and Rajiv Ouseph. They both are good players. Rajiv won the silver last time and he had some good results against Chinese players. He also did well at European Championship," he added.

The 2012 London Olympics quarter-finalist said K Srikanth and RMV Gurusaidutt also have bright chances of bagging medals.

"Both Srikanth and Gurusaidutt also have a good chance to win. Both have done well and has nothing to lose. Something which was my case four years back.

"Srikanth is unpredictable but he knows he has won the Thailand Open and beaten some top players. In 2010, I had not won the nationals even but he won it this year. Guru, too, was good in Thomas Cup," he said.

Kashyap said he hoped to see himself and his colleagues give their best ever performance at the July 23-August 3 event.

"We won four medals four years ago and I hope this time it turns out to be our best ever Commonwealth Games. We have (P V) Sindhu in women's singles, me and K Srikanth, too, have a bright chance of winning medals in men's singles, especially with Lee Chong Wei pulling out.

"Also Jwala and Ashwini should get a medal in women's doubles. They are playing good. With Jwala back in the mix, they had some good results at the Uber Cup, Asian Badminton Championship and also at Indonesia and Japan. It will be difficult in men's and mixed doubles but if they can pull off nothing better," said Kashyap.

PTI

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