Mumbai: Manu Bhaker has been the face of Indian shooting for the past few years, and on Sunday at the ISSF Junior World Championship, she hit the bulls eye as India claimed four gold medals out of the six on offer, along with two silvers, to surge on top of the medal standings, in Lima (Peru), on Sunday.
India swept the 10m air pistol medal events, including the mixed, women’s and men’s team competitions as well the 10m air rifle men’s team gold, to end the day with six gold, six silver and two bronze medals.
The USA are lying second with four gold, four silver and two bronze.
Bhaker was at the heart of the Indian performance winning two more golds on the day. She now has a total of three golds from the Championship.
After partnering with Sarabjot Singh to win gold in the Pistol Mixed Team, she teamed up with Rhythm Sangwan and Shikha Narwal to win the 10m air pistol women’s team event, beating Belarus 16-12 in the gold medal match.
The men’s air pistol team then also struck gold with Naveen, Sarabjot Singh and Shiva Narwal putting it across the Belarussian men 16-14.
Earlier in the day, the junior men’s 10m Air Rifle team had also won gold. The women’s 10m air pistol team event saw India dominate as it had topped round one of qualification earlier with a combined 1722 after 180 shots and then round two on Saturday shooting 569 to Belarus’ 568. In the final, although it was even at the start, the Indians finished strong to seal the victory.
In the women’s 10m air rifle team event India’s Nisha Kanwar, Zeena Khitta and Atmika Gupta, did top the first qualification round but qualified for the gold match finishing second to the Hungarian trio of Eszter Mezaros, Eszter Denes and Lea Horvath, in round two.
The Hungarians maintained that superiority in the final to strike gold, their first of the competition.
It was also Atmika’s second silver of the day as she had teamed up with Rajpreet Singh in the day’s first medal event, the 10m air rifle mixed team, to finish second there as well.
Rajpreet, in fact, also now has one gold and one silver medal in his kitty.
Did you know...
Apart from shooting, Manu Bhaker has excelled in swimming, athletics, boxing and martial arts like judo and Thang Ta. She had also joined Virender Sehwag's cricket coaching centre in Jhajjar. Incidentally it was a boxing injury on her eye that made her quit the sport and take up shooting
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