Youth Olympics: Manu Bhaker becomes first Indian shooter to win gold
Manu Bhaker became the first air pistol shooter from India to claim a gold medal at the Youth Olympic Games taking place in Buenos Aires, Argentina on Tuesday with a spectacular performance in what is being seen as a comeback after a disappointing Asian Games.
The 16-year old sensation shot 236.5 to remain at the highest point of the focuses table in the women’s 10m air pistol occasion. In the meantime, Iana Enina from Russia won the silver medal with a score of 235. 9 and Nino Khutsiberidze settled for the bronze.
A fabulous performance by @realmanubhaker as she clinches a gold 🥇 for #India in 10m Air Pistol at @youtholympics @BuenosAires2018
Well done Manu! 👏👏
You have made the country proud.🇮🇳🎉@Media_SAI @ISSF_Shooting @kheloindia @akashvanisports @ddsportschannel @ISSF_Shooting pic.twitter.com/KrqOh55zw3
— Dept of Sports MYAS (@IndiaSports) October 9, 2018
The World Cup and Commonwealth Games gold medallist started with a shot of 10.0 in the final, including a 10.1 and 10.4, leading the Stage 1 with 99.3. She shot 9.8 in the second Stage however made an immediate comeback with a score of 10.1 and 9.9 to stay at the top.
Earlier, Manu Bhaker, who was India’s flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the Youth Olympics, topped the qualifying with 576, which included a series of 95, 96, 96, 96, 95, 98, completing second and third in the qualification.
Manu Bhaker made up for the lack of medals at the Indonesian Asian Games in August with a top podium finish in the Argentinian capital.