New electronic target system to power up Manu Bhaker

After giving the second international shooting championship a miss, Manu Bhaker is back for the third edition with her new electronic target.

Ace Indian shooter Manu Bhaker has managed to upgrade her practice amid the national lockdown by installing a new electronic target system at her home.

The 18-year-old had to step up from her manual paper target system, a makeshift for the older electronic target that caused her “immense irritation” and hampered her practice.

“I was facing lots of issues with the old machine as it was manual,” Manu Bhaker told the Press Trust of India adding that it would break down often. “Now it’s very different with the new machine.

“Since I feel there is unlikely to be any outdoor action and competitions for another three-four months, I thought it will be useful to get this installed at this point in time,” the six-time ISSF World Cup gold medallist added.

Installed in the range in her home by her father, the latest system is a 10-metre air pistol target that has integrated high-intensity LED target illumination and has low operating costs among other features.

Back in the online shooting championship

A joint effort by the Sports Authority of India (SAI) and Olympic Gold Quest (OGQ), the organisation that manages the Indian shooter, ensured prompt delivery of the electronic target to her house in Charkhi Dadri in Haryana.

Manu Bhaker finished third in the first international online shooting championship. Photo: ISSF
Manu Bhaker finished third in the first international online shooting championship. Photo: ISSFManu Bhaker finished third in the first international online shooting championship. Photo: ISSF

And the 2018 Youth Olympics gold medallist will waste no time in testing the new electronic target as Shimon Sharif confirmed Manu Bhaker’s participation in the third edition of the International Online Shooting Championship scheduled on Saturday.

After finishing third in the 10m air pistol competition in the first international shooting championship, Manu Bhaker had to miss the second tournament because of the faulty electronic target system.

The third International Online Shooting Championship will host 100 shooters from across the world, with India’s Yashaswini Singh Deswal and Russia's Daria Sirotkina amongst the several debutants.

India’s 2012 Olympic bronze medallist Gagan Narang will also make an appearance as a special guest during the tournament on Saturday.

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