Manu Bhaker, the teenage shooting sensation from Haryana
Sydney: International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) junior World Cup continues to be the Indian shooter’s medal hunting. On Tuesday, India got three more medals. It has a gold and two bronzes. Manu Bhakar-Anmol won the bronze medal in the 10m Air Pistol mixed event. This pair won the qualifying match and the final. In the qualifying round, the pair gained 770 points, 478.9 points in the final. In the same division, Gaurav Rana-Mahima Agarwal (India) pair lost fourth and lost the bronze medal.
With the Manu-Anmol performance, India’s seventh gold is the highest. Genemat Sekhon bagged an individual bronze medal in the junior women’s skeet, shooting a 36 in the final. In the final, she scored 36 points. In the 10m Air Rifle Mixed event, Arjun Babutta-Shreya Aggarwal finished third and finished bronze medal. India is currently second with 18 gold medals, with seven gold, three silver, and eight bronze.
Reacting after winning the medal, Manu Bhaker said, “I am extremely happy at winning gold, especially as this is my first World Cup. I look forward to performing even better in upcoming competitions.”
The shooting wasn’t Bhaker’s first choice of sport—in fact, it comes way down a long list. “I’ve done boxing, skating, played cricket, table tennis, kabaddi, karate and Thang Ta (a Manipuri martial art) before this.”
Manu Bhaker from Goria village in Haryana’s Jhajjar district is going through a purple patch. this month, she won two gold medals in the 10 m air pistol individual and mixed team events at her maiden senior World Cup in Mexico, becoming the youngest Indian to win a gold medal at the ISSF World Shooting Championships.
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