Another Fruitful Day For India at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games

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Bhaker wins another silver; Both hockey teams enter semifinals

India continues to march at the Buenos Aires games, as the young athletes keep on putting up a competitive show. Here is our roundup of Day 6 of the global extravaganza.

India’s Shooting Contingent Roundups the Competition with Another Silver

Indian shooters wrapped up their Buenos Aires schedule in style as the Youth Olympic Games gold medalist, Manu Bhaker won another medal- a silver.

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Manu Bhaker (Credit: Twitter)

The young shooting sensation was paired with Tajikistan’s Behzan Fayzullaev in the 10 m air pistol mixed event. Although the pair has been impressive thus far, their luck eventually ran when they faced Vanessa Seeger of Germany and Bulgaria’s Kiril Kirov. The European pair won the gold with a convincing margin of 3-10.

An India-Pakistan pairing at the mixed pair shooting event

In a rare occurrence at an international competition, two bitter rivals played in the same team when India’s Youth Olympics Games gold medallist Saurabh Chaudhary was paired up with Pakistan’s Nubaira Babur in the 10 m air pistol mixed team event in Buenos Aires. In fact, it was the first time players from India and Pakistan competed as a single unit at a multi-sport event.

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Babur and Chaudhary during the event (Credit: TOI)

Although Chaudhary/Babur pair lost out in the round of 16 matches, the 40-shooter qualification round was a first in the sporting world for the arch-rivals.

The format, which was exclusively launched in the Youth Olympics at the 2014 Nanjing Games, saw mixed-nation teams made of the highest and the lowest-ranked nations in the men’s and women’s individual events earlier this week.

The men’s 10m air pistol champion Chaudhary was therefore paired with Babur, who had finished 20th in the women’s event. The Indo-Pak pair finished 15th in this interesting event.

Much of India’s success in the Games can be attributed to their shooting team, who won five medals between them to round up the competition. They include a gold from Saurabh Chaudhary, another gold from Manu Bhaker and silver medals from Tushar Mane, Bhaker and Mehuli Ghosh.

Indian Hockey Players Set the Turf Ablaze

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Indian hockey team after the win (Credit Twitter)

India’s hockey teams made the country equally proud, after both of them advanced into the semi-finals of the Hockey 5s competition at the Youth Olympic Games.  

Indian Men’s hockey team won the contest against Poland with fair ease. Shivam Anand (1’, 8’) scored the first goal of the match, easily slotting past the Polish goalkeeper. Maninder Singh (3’) then went on to double the deficit with another easy strike. Anand scored another goal in the 8th minute. Sanjay (17’) slotted another goal to put the match to rest with a 17th-minute goal. Although the Europeans did try to make a comeback through Eryk Bembenek (16’) and Michal Nowakowski (18’), it was probably too late.

Indian women’s hockey 5s team, on the other hand, also beat Poland to progress to the semi-finals of the Youth Olympic Games. Lalremsiami, who has been in sensational form the entire season, scored a goal in the 10th minute, while captain Salima Tete (14′) and Baljeet Kaur (14′) completed the scoring honors with a goal each at the Parque Polideportivo Roca. 

Monish Gadiya is a Pune-based sports author at KreedOn. He is a thorough tech-enthusiast and believes innovation is the answer to the problems prevalent in the society. Monish graduated from University of Pune with a degree in civil engineering before pursuing a post-graduate diploma course in creative writing and intellectual property rights. A die-hard football fan, he has represented his college at various football competitions.

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