Manu Bhaker – Youngest Indian to win a medal
By Rashi Agarwal
Manu Bhaker is an Indian sportswoman who excels in shooting. She represented India at the 2018 ISSF World Cup and won two gold medals. She is the youngest Indian to win a gold medal at the ISSF World Cup.
She won the gold medal in women’s 10 m air pistol event at 2018 Commonwealth
Games just at the age of 16 in her maiden Commonwealth Games appearance.
At the recent Asian Games in Indonesia, this 16 year old didn’t get a medal, but that did not deter her spirit and she started to focus on her practice.
On 9 th October, she claimed the 10m pistol gold at the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires, shooting 236.5 in the final. She is the first Indian shooter to get a gold at the Youth Olympics.
Meanwhile, Iana Enina from Russia won the silver medal with a score of 235. 9 and Nino Khutsiberidze settled for the bronze medal.
The Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist began with a shot of 10.0 in the final, adding a 10.1 and 10.4, leading the Stage 1 with 99.3. She shot 9.8 in the 2nd Stage but made an immediate comeback with a score of 10.1 and 9.9 to stay at the top.
Earlier, Bhaker, who was India’s flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the Youth Olympics,topped the qualifying with 576, which included a series of 95, 96, 96, 96, 95, 98, finishing second and third in the qualification.
She said, “This is an important win for me. It will be a morale booster as I look forward to bringing home more laurels.”
Shine on Manu Bhaker.