Manu Bhaker on Saturday won the women's 10m air pistol title for the second time in a row, shooting 241.6 in the 64th National Shooting Championship final. Bhaker has now won three of the last four national championships in the event, with the exception of the 62nd edition, when she was defeated by Esha Singh.
Esha finished third in the event, trailing second-placed Shri Nivetha of Tamil Nadu, and also won gold in the junior and youth women's categories, but Bhaker retained her senior title.
After finishing fifth in qualifying with a score of 576, Bhaker advanced to the eight-woman final.
Esha had finished first in the qualifiers with a score of 582. Bhaker has won three of the last four national championships, as she lost the recent one to Esha Singh in the 62nd edition.
Manu Bhaker National Champion's Achievements
Manu Bhaker is a professional shooter from India who has competed for his country in international competitions. During the qualifying round of the Women's 10M Air Pistol event at the Tokyo Olympics 2020, Bhaker's equipment malfunctioned. She finished in 12th place despite losing nearly 20 minutes during qualification when her pistol's cocking lever broke, forcing her to go to a designated area to have it repaired. Manu received a score of 575, but the cut-off point was 577.
In 2018, the shooter had won two gold medals for India in ISSF World Cup. Manu Bhaker is the first and only Indian woman to be awarded ISSF World Cup gold medals. Despite being only 16 at the time, she won gold in the women's 10 m air pistol event at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
At the 2018 International Shooting Sport Federation World Cup, Bhaker annihilated Mexico's Alejandra Zavala to win the medal in the Women's 10-meter air pistol. The Indian shooter scored 237.5 points in the final match against two-time champion Zavala.
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