India’s shooting sensation, Manu Bhaker continued her impressive season as she claimed two individual gold medals at the National Shooting Championships in Bhopal, winning in both the senior as well as junior Air Pistol categories. By the end of the day, the 17-year-old had two more gold medals in her kitty as she triumphed in the team events as well.
Representing the state of Haryana, Bhaker was sensational on the day shooting a score of 243 to emerge triumphant in the eight-woman final in the 10m Air Pistol category. Yashaswini Deswal, who won gold at the ISSF Rio World Cup, claimed the bronze medal while Devanshi Sharma of Uttar Pradesh picked up the silver.
Bhaker’s solid season
The dual gold medals at the National Shooting Championships caps off a brilliant season for young Manu Bhaker. She had missed out on a medal by a score of 0.1 at the ISSF Munich World Cup earlier in May, but nevertheless sealed a quota for the 2020 Tokyo Games.
Bhaker had also brought her best to the table at the 2019 Asian Championships in Doha, Qatar, where she won gold medals in the 10m Air Pistol individual as well as the mixed team category. More recently, the 17-year-old showed nerves of steel in the ISSF World Cup Final in Putian, China, where she had to fight off some stiff competition to win a gold in her maiden appearance in that tournament.
Anish Bhanwala finds the mark
Another of India’s emerging shooting prospects, Anish Bhanwala also showed his class at the National Shooting Championships by winning gold medals in the senior as well as junior categories.
The 17-year-old marksman claimed a score of 28 in the final of the men’s Rapid Fire event to finish ahead of Bhavesh Shekhawat of Rajasthan (26) and Vijayveer Sidhu of Chandigarh (22).
Hattrick for Moudgil
Ace rifle shooter Anjum Moudgil captured gold in the women’s 3-positions 50m event, her third-straight at the National Shooting Championships.
The 25-year-old was a class above the rest, topping qualification with a score of 1172, eight clear of shooter Raj Chaudhary. In the finals, she shot 449.9 to win the gold medal. Tamil Nadu’s Gaayathri Nithyanandam finished second with a score of 447.3.
In the 10m air pistol mixed team event, shooters Abhishek Verma and Yashaswini Deswal won gold, beating the duo of Harshada Nithave and Aniket 16-10 in the final.