Haryana's 16-year-old Manu Bhaker wins gold medal in 10m Air Pistol at Mexico Shooting World Cup

Apart from Bhaker, Mehuli Ghosh won bronze in the Women’s 10m Air Rifle. Shahzar Rizvi and Jitu Rai ended up clinching won gold and bronze respectively

Indian teen shooter Manu Bhaker’s last shot in the Women’s 10m Air Pistol at the International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) World Cup was a complete nail-biter. She was 1.4 points away from clinching gold. The moment she overcame the gap, the Haryana girl became the reason the Indian tri-colour was unfurled in Mexico. It was the second gold medal won by Indians at this event along with three bronze.

Manu recently booked her berth in the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games going to be held in the month of October. However, she needed to prove her worth against the local shooter Alejandra Zavala — a two-time World Cup winner.

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During the event, Manu shot 10.6 while Zavala ended up with a low 8.8. India’s total score was 237.5 while Zavala could only earn 237.1 points, thereby handing over the gold to her Indian opponent. France’s Celine Goberville won bronze with a score of 217.0. India’s Yashaswini Singh Deswal missed out on a medal, finishing fourth with 196.1 points.

Right after taking the gold, Bhaker interacted with media personnel and expressed her feelings. As reported by scroll.in, the Indian gold medallist said,

“I am extremely happy at winning Gold, especially as this is my first World Cup. I look forward to performing even better in upcoming competitions.”

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Apart from Bhaker, Mehuli Ghosh won bronze in the Women’s 10m Air Rifle on the first day of competitions on Saturday, March 3. In the men’s category, Shahzar Rizvi and Jitu Rai won gold and bronze in the Men’s 10m Air Pistol.