16-year-old Manu Bhaker claims 10m pistol gold at CWG

16-year-old Manu Bhaker claims 10m pistol gold at CWG

After winning both these medals, India reached number three in medal tally.

It has been a phenomenal run by the Indian female athletes as they have bagged four gold medals out of six and five out of the 10 medals India has gained so far.

It was the event favourite and 16-year-old Manu Bhaker who did not disappoint the fans as she grabbed the gold medal on Day 4. In the 2017 National games held at Kerala, Bhaker won nine gold medal and went on to defeat multiple World Cup medallist Heena Sidhu and broke Sidhu's record of 240.8 points, scoring 242.3 points in the final.

"She's played almost everything".

Born to an engineer from the Merchant Navy and a school principal, Bhaker's meteoric rise has popularised the sport of shooting in the village of Goria in Haryana, where she was born.

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Sure, there are a few outliers in the group, including a pair of 41-year-olds, Henrik Stenson and Charley Hoffman. Despite several birdie opportunities, he could convert only one - on the 15th hole - and added three bogeys.

So what makes the 16-year-old so special?

At her maiden, teenage shooting prodigy has underlined her vast potential by winning gold in the women's event at, Australia while the seasoned campaigner has taken silver. "I'm very happy to have won here but it is only one win in a very long journey for me", Bhaker had told ESPN earlier this year. Sidhu, who has participated in CWG on two previous occassions, won gold in the team 10m air pistol event and silver in the individual 10m air pistol in 2010 Delhi Games.

In the men's 10m air rifle final, Deepak Kumar, with a Stage 1 score of 101.3, and Ravi, with a score of 100.5, finished fifth and eighth respectively to move into the eliminators. She was seen struggling in the early stages with scores of 46.1 and 95.5m which were well lower than every other competitor barring Pakistan's Mehwish Farhan.

The two Indians had also dominated the qualification stage, claiming the top two spots going into the final.

Bhaker on the other hand remained in the lead throughout the event with 14 shots of 10 and above. 1 points. Australia's Dane Sampson won gold with a Commonwealth Games record of 245 points while Bangladesh's Abdullah Hel Baki won silver with 244.7 points.

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