Manu Bhaker Wins Gold at Women and Junior 10m Air Pistol in National Trials

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Source: NewsNation

The 16-year-old shooting sensation Manu Bhaker was in top form in the 10-metre air pistol event. She won both the women’s and the junior finals at the national selection trials in Delhi.

The Haryana born Bhaker shot a total of 242.1 in the women’s 10-metre air pistol final to finish ahead of 13-year-old teen sensation Esha Singh, who shot 240.4, and Anuradha who shot 219.3.

Earlier in the qualification, Bhaker was second with a score of 579.

 

In the women’s 50-metre rifle finals, Punjab’s Moudgil shot a total of 460.6 to finish ahead of Tamil Nadu’s Gaayathri N (457.4) and veteran Tejaswini Sawant (445.7) of Maharashtra.

In the 50 metre rifle 3 positions women’s junior finals, Shirin Godara, representing Haryana, won with 450.7. Zenab Hussain (447.6) finished second while Ayushi Podder was third with 438.2.

Former world number one Heena Sidhu, who equalled the women’s 10m air pistol qualification world record on Wednesday, finished fourth in the finals with 197.3.

In the junior finals, Bhaker shot 244.5. Esha finished second with 24-4, while Yashsavi Joshi was third, having managed 215.3 at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range.

The youth 10m air pistol finals were won by Saumya Dhyani, who shot 241.4, while Vibhuti Bhatia (237.6) and Yashsavi Joshi (215.3 ) finished second and third respectively.

A few days ago, Bhaker claimed the top positions in the women’s 25m sports pistol in both the women’s and junior sections.

Manu Bhaker Achievements and Medals

Bhaker represented India at the 2018 ISSF (International Shooting Sports Federation) World Cup and won two gold medals. She is the youngest Indian to win a gold medal at the ISSF World Cup at Guadalajara, Mexico.

In her maiden appearance at the Commonwealth Games 2018 at Gold Coast in Australia, she won the gold medal in women’s 10 m air pistol event.

The 16-year-old Manu became the first shooter from India and the first female athlete from India to grab a gold medal at the Youth Olympics games. She shot 236.5 to stand at the top of the points table in the women’s 10m air pistol event in the Youth Olympics 2018 held in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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