This past one month, Indian pistol shooter — 16-year-old — Manu Bhaker became a household name. She toiled her way through to hit the big targets at the ISSF Junior World Cup and clinched the gold medal after knocking down Thailand’s Kanyakorn Hirunphoem in a thrilling final of the women’s 10m air pistol event on Saturday, NDTV reoported.

Manu secured India’s second individual gold in the tournament. She captured two gold medals — in individual and team events

She won two gold medals in the Women’s 10m Pistol and the 10m Pistol Mixed Team event in her maiden senior World Cup in Mexico recently. The new sensation in pistol shooting, Manu shot a glorious 235.9 to finish top of the podium, while Hirunphoem had to settled for silver after scoring 234.9. Chinese Kaiman Lu (214.2) finished with the bronze.

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Shooters Manu, Rana and Mahima Agrawal earned India atop of the team podium with, while Xiao, Lu and Li Xue won silver for China. Thailand’s Hirunphoem, Luxciga Srinitivoravong and Warunyapha Kaewngoen took the team bronze. Meanwhile, another Indian shooter Devanshi Rana also qualified for the final and finished fourth with 195.3.

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The memorable win in Mexico now made Manu, one of the youngest ever to win a senior World Cup Gold for India.

“This is unbelievable, I never thought that I would end up winning two gold medals in a senior World Cup,” Manu told back then, TOI reported.

The class 11 student from Jajjar, Haryana, and the 16-year-old Manu is now eyeing further and wants to perform her best in the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games scheduled to take off next month.

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