The seven-time ISSF World Cup gold medalist is hoping to make the squad in both 10m and 25m pistol teams for the Olympics.
Ace Indian shooter Manu Bhaker, who recently won her seventh ISSF World Cup gold medal in Putian, China, has revealed that she is hopeful of making into India’s 10m as well as the 25m air pistol teams, at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
Since breaking onto the scene with her title-winning performance at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, Bhaker has been a force to be reckoned with.
With medals at the ISSF World Cup in Guadalajara and the 2018 Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires, the 17-year-old established herself as one of the best pistol shooters in the world.
The 2019 season, too, was no different for the Indian as she saw stature grow with as many as five ISSF World Cup gold medals and a further two more yellow metals at the Asian Shooting Championships.
However, while all her success has come in the 10m air pistol event so far, Bhaker is confident about performing well in the 25m air pistol event as well in Tokyo.
Speaking to news agency PTI, the 17-year-old said, “If you are asking me about my preference, of course, I would look to shoot in both 10m and 25m, as I give equal importance to both events and my scores in 25m are not bad at all.”
Bhaker had looked in a prime position to capture her maiden ISSF World Cup gold in the 25m Air Pistol event in Munich this year, before an equipment malfunction dashed her chances.
But Bhaker has a composure that belies her tender years. Even though Tokyo 2020 will be the biggest stage she has faced so far, Bhaker is refusing to think too far ahead in order to ensure she is not overawed at the Olympics:
“I am preparing in earnest. Though Olympic is at the back of my mind, I am not taking too much load thinking about it. That will not help. I need to be more stable mentally. We all are working on the mental aspect of the game as it holds the key in an event of such magnitude. We need to be mentally fit to handle the pressure of such events,” she concluded.