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Haryana’s Manu Bhaker on Sunday (March 4) won gold in the Women’s 10m Air Pistol in her first International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup stage in Mexico’s Guadalajara. With this, India is at the top of medal tally.

Bhaker has also secured her quota place for the Beunos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games, scheduled for October.

Bhaker was up against Mexico’s Alejandra Zavala, a two-time World Cup Finals winner. She defeated Zavala with a 10.8 in the last shot of the 24-shot final, to come out on top with a score of 237.5 while Zavala scored 237.1. France’s Celine Goberville won the bronze with a score of 217.0.

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Another Indian player, Yashaswini Deswal, couldn’t secure a medal and ended with 196.1.

“I am extremely happy at winning gold, especially as this is my first World Cup. I look forward to perform even better in upcoming competitions,” said Bhaker after her victory.

“This is a dream start. The young guns and future of Indian shooting are firing on all cylinders and let us only hope that these are signs of even better things to come in the near future. Manu showed excellent composure for one so young,” – Raninder Singh

National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) president Raninder Singh also expressed his joy at the sensational start to the season’s beginning of international shooting sport.

“This is a dream start. The young guns and future of Indian shooting are firing on all cylinders and let us only hope that these are signs of even better things to come in the near future. Manu showed excellent composure for one so young. We are now hungry for more,” he said.

Congratulatory messages are pouring in for the 16-year-old shooter. “Hearty congratulations to #ManuBhaker, daughter of Haryana for winning the Gold medal at the Women’s 10 metre #AirPistol event in the #ISSFWorldCup. We are proud of your achievement!,” tweeted Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar.

Bhaker’s win concluded day two of the tournament and it contributed heavily to India’s medal tally, which is at five currently. It comprises two gold medals and three bronzes so far, making India number one while other countries have only managed to win one medal.

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