On 27th June, Commonwealth Games gold medallist Manu Bhaker fired her way to an individual gold medal with a world record score. The 16-year-old beat the Chinese and Koreans by a big margin and won the women’s air pistol gold at the ISSF Junior World Cup in Suhl, Germany. She is the youngest Indian to win a gold medal at the event. This adds up to Manu’s list of achievements.
It was her seventh individual gold in an International Shooting Sports Federation and the third with a world record
CWG Champion Anish Bhanwala claimed his fourth international medal of the year. The 15-year-old Anish too bagged a bronze medal in the men’s 25m rapid fire pistol. The commendable performance of these young ones have brought India’s tally in the competition to an impressive haul of 17 medals so far.
Manu claimed yet another junior world record by shooting 242.5 in the 24-shot final. She defeated China’s Kaiman Lu. Chinese Xue Li won bronze with a final round score of 216.2.
Earlier, Manu had combined with teammates Mahima Turhi Agrawal and Devanshi Rana. But the team could only fetch a bronze and secured a total score of 1694 after the qualification round. Manu’s dominated in the finals by 3.4 points after 10 shots, 3.8 after 12 and a huge 6.1 after 18 shots before closing out with plenty to spare.
India has so far won nine gold, one silver, and seven bronze medals from the competition. China has six gold, seven silver, and four bronze. Top shooting nations have participated in the competition.
This year, Manu won a gold medal in the Women’s 10-metre air pistol at the International Shooting Sports Federation World Cup held at Guadalajara, Mexico. She defeated Mexico’s Alejandra Zavala, a two-time champion. At CWG 2018, she secured the gold medal with setting a new Commonwealth Games record of 240.9 points in the final round.
Congrats Manu Bhaker!