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  1. Who is Manu Bhaker? Meet 16-year-old Indian shooter who created history by winning second gold in World Cup

Who is Manu Bhaker? Meet 16-year-old Indian shooter who created history by winning second gold in World Cup

The 2018 ISSF World Cup in Guadalajara, Mexico, is turning out to be a golden dream for 16-year-old Manu Bhaker. The 11th standard student won her second successive gold medal in a mixed team event, becoming the youngest Indian and world's third youngest shooter to win a medal at World Cup.

By: | New Delhi | Published: March 6, 2018 10:53 AM
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The 2018 ISSF World Cup in Guadalajara, Mexico, is turning out to be a golden dream for 16-year-old Manu Bhaker. The 11th standard student won her second successive gold medal in a mixed team event, becoming the youngest Indian and world’s third youngest shooter to win a medal at World Cup. In the 10m air pistol mixed team event, Manu partnered with Om Prakash Mitharval to clinch the gold, just one day after she had achieved the same feat at the 10m air pistol individual event.

The feat is hard to believe as Bhaker, who comes from Jhajjar, Haryana, took to shooting just a little over two years ago. As things stands today, she has won two gold medals in her World Cup debut. Interestingly, Bhaker had tried her hand at other sports like boxing and martial arts before she eventually settled for shooting.

Talking about her success, Bhaker said that she doesn’t think about it much and the results come. “It just happens. I don’t think about them. At times I don’t even know what the records are,” she said, while adding, “I am grate ul to all my coaches or their advice and the hours they have put in to hone my technique.”

Bhaker had announced her entry on the big stage by defeating highly-experienced Heena Sidhu at the 61st National Shooting Championship in Thiruvananthapuram, last December. She had also broken Hina’s last standing record at the 10m air pistol event. Overall, Bhaker had won a staggering 15 medals, including nine gold, during the
tournament.

She was motivated to take up shooting by her father who asked her to try her hand at the sport.

Apart from Manu Bhaker, the duo of Deepak Kumar and Mehuli Ghosh also won a medal, taking India’s tally to six in the competition. The duo was competing as India 2 and shot 435.1 in the five-team final, winning bronze in the 10m air rifle mixed team event.

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  1. Kushal Kumar
    Mar 7, 2018 at 11:33 am
    News report says that around 5 March , 2018 , Manu Bhaker , young girl from India won second gold in 2 days shooting , while other girls also did well, making India proud in World Cup. This news appears to be implied with this Vedic astrology writer’s predictions in article - “ Astrologically speaking , some highlights for India in coming year 2018” - published at theindiapost , simultaneously at wionews last year on 19 October , 2017. The related text of the prediction in the said article reads as :- “ (3). The year 2018 looks to be bringing to focus themes ….. Such analysis or discussion could also pave way for ….. judicial pronouncements having far reaching significance or value covering issues related to women. Economy may pass through tense times on more than one front except art , ……..CREATIVE OR INNOVATIVE TALENTS”.
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