- Manu Bhaker missed a medal by just 0.1 points.
- Nonetheless, she still qualified for the 2020 Olympics.
- Bhaker became the seventh Indian shooter to achieve the feat.
Margins matter in sports. And more so in shooting. Manu Bhaker esperienced this the hard way after missing a medal by a mere 0.1 point in women’s air pistol final of the shooting World Cup Munich on Wednesday. As a consolation though, the young shooter did capture the all-important Olympic quota place.
Even after shooting a 10.3, which was the best shot among the four shooters at the final’s halfway stage, Manu had to bow out as Greece’s Anna Korakaki overtook by the slender margin, eventually winning the gold medal.
However by then, the 17-year-old had already ensured her Olympic quota since Korakaki and the Korea’s eventual bronze medallist Kim Minjung had already secured the Olympic quota. China’s Qian Wei and the silver medallist, was the other shooter who secured the other Olympic quota in the event.
— Indian Sports Fan (@IndianSportFan) May 29, 2019
Fortune Favours the Brave
Manu Bhaker has had a tough time in the World Series this for the better part this year. While sometimes she lost out by small margins, on thers, her pistol malfunctioned. In fact, she was the topper of the 25 m sports pistol category on Tuesday, only to see her chances wane off after her pistol gave way – the second time the incidence has happened. However, as they say, “fortune favours the brave.” Manu’s gutsy attitude finally paid off as she became the seventh Indian shooter to book a place in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. Apurvi Chandela, Anjum Moudgil, Saurabh Chaudhary, Abhishek Verma, Divyansh Singh Panwar, and Rahi Sarnobat are the other Indians to qualify.
Elsewhere, two-time Olympian Heena Sidhu shot 570 to finish in the 45th place, whereas Yashaswini Singh Deswal shot 574 to end at 22nd spot.
Earlier in the day, Sunidhi Chauhan shot 1175 in the women’s rifle 3-position event but missed the final on lesser inner-10s. Russia’s Yulia Zykova, who had also shot 1175, went on to win the gold medal, being 0.2 point ahead of Britain’s Seonaid Mcintosh.
10m air pistol: 1. Anna Korakaki (Gre) 241.4 (582); 2. Qian Wei (Chn 239. (580) 6; 3. Kim Minjung (Kor) 220.8 (578); 4. Manu Bhaker 201.0 (582); 22. Yashaswini Singh Deswal 574; 45. Heena Sidhu 570. MQS: Shweta Singh 576; P Shri Nivetha 565.
50m rifle 3-position: 1. Yulia Zykova (Rus) 461.6 (1175); 2. Seonaid Mcintosh (GBR) 461.4 (1176); 3. Katrine Lund (Nor) 450.2 (1177); 9. Sunidhi Chauhan 1175; 52. Gaayathri Nithyanandam 1162; 70. Kajal Saini 1140. MQS: Anjum Moudgil 1166.
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