Shooter Manu Bhaker, India’s 6th gold medallist at the Gold Coast
Commonwealth Games 2018: India continued to bag gold medals on Day 4 of the CWG 2018, with 16year old shooter Manu Bhaker winning a gold medal. Shooter Heena Sidhu, meanwhile, won the silver medal in the 10-m air pistol event at 21st Commonwealth Games 2018 being held in Gold Coast, Australia.
Among Indian men, shooter Ravi Kumar won India’s 10th medal at CWG 2018. a bronze in 10-m air rifle shooting. Deepak Kumar, who broke the Commonwealth record in the the 10-m air rifle quarters, finished at the 6th position.
In the medals tally, India is now at the 4th position, with 6 gold, 2 silver and 3 bronze. Australia is at the top with a total 66 medals, while England is placed second with a total of 37.
India’s Manu Bhaker, produced a spectacular performance, setting a new CWG record with a total of 240.9 points in the final round. Sidhu registered 234 to make it 1-2 for India at the top of the podium. Australia’s Elena Galiabovitch took bronze with 214.9 to bring some cheer for the hosts.
Shooter Manu Bhaker, a 16-year-old shooting sensation from Haryana, put in a tremendous performance on Sunday morning at the Belmont Shooting Centre as she held her own against older and more experienced shooters, firing a total of 240.9, a Commonwealth Games record. The 28year old Heena Sidhu – recipient of the Times of India Sports Awards (TOISA) Shooter of the Year award in February – stormed back from the face of elimination in stunning manner to claim silver with a total effort of 234.
Bhaker’s final shot was 10.4, which confirmed her gold at the tender age of 16.
Bhaker sharpened her aim at the shooting range in the Universal Senior Secondary School, Goria village, Jhajjar district in Haryana, 125 km from Delhi. And with the long list of accolades she’s gained in the past couple of months, Bhaker has already set an example for others to follow. Many of her classmates have taken up the sport and are sharpening their aims at the range.
Shooter Heena sidhu has made two trips to the Commonwealth Games in 2010 – winning a gold in the team 10m air pistol event and silver in the individual 10m air pistol – and 2014 where she qualified for the 10m final but failed to leave a mark.