Sixteen-year-old Haryana Teen Manu Bhaker won the gold medal at the ISSF World cup 10m Air Pistol event on Sunday. The event took place at Guadalajara, Mexico. Manu defeated the two-time World Cup winner Mexican girl Alejandra Zavala in the finals.
After a great achievement Manu Bhaker said that she is extremely happy after winning gold in her first World Cup and will look forward to perform much better in her next upcoming competition.
Manu had already come in the limelight last year in December when she broke undefeated Henna sidhu’s national record at the 61st National Shooting Championship at Thiruvanthapuram. She had won a total 15 medals, including nine gold in other tournaments.
The younger inspiration comes from her father when he asked her to try a hand at the sport and rest is just the history.
In the season’s first shooting World Cup, India’s performance has been remarkable. India have already grab medal on Sunday when Ravi Kumar won his first bronze World cup in the Air Rifle event. The duo of Deepak Kumar and Mehuli Ghosh have already won bronze medal at the 10m Air rifle mixed team event.
The coach of the National junior team Jaspal Rana was not surprised with the performance of the girls as he better knows their immense talent.
Motivating the youth, he said, “Today’s young generation of shooter is very strong. When I mean strong, they have the capacity to shoulder load, train hard and stay mentally calm”.
Discussing about the better opportunity available presently in India, he said, “There is a system in place and today shooters cannot complain about lack of ammunition like my time. What matters most is the young girls like Manu and Yashaswini know about all the pressure . They all have come into the senior squad from the junior ranks and prove themselves at the trials and the nationals”.