Manu Bhaker

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Manu Bhaker
Manu Bhaker, Indian shooting sportsperson.jpg
Personal information
Born18 Feb 2002 (2002-02-18) (age 17)
Goria village, Jhajjar district, Haryana, India
OccupationSportsperson (Shooter)

Manu Bhaker is an Indian sport shooter. She represented India at the 2018 ISSF World Cup and won two gold medals. She is the youngest Indian to win a gold medal at the ISSF World Cup.[1] She won the gold medal in women's 10 m air pistol event at 2018 Commonwealth Games just at the age of 16 in her maiden Commonwealth Games appearance.[2][3]

Early life[edit]

Bhaker was born in Goria village of the Jhajjar district of Haryana.[4] Her father, Ram Kishan Bhaker, works as a chief engineer in the Merchant Navy.[4] Until the age of 14 Bhaker excelled in other sports like Huyen langlon, a Manipuri martial art, as well as boxing, tennis and skating, winning medals at the national games in these events.[4] Manu was highly inspired by her grandfather ch.Rajkaran Saheb who was also a great shooter. He was a soldier in Indian military, Regiment 3 Jat and witnessed the 1962 Indo-China fight, 1965 Indo-Pak fight and 1971 Indo-Pak fight. He always taught Manu and other kids the value of hard work and incessant practice. It was the result of hard work and practice that Manu rose to global horizon as a shooter. She initially practiced in a small shooting range in her school, Universal Public School Goria. But she was so much absorbed in this game that she enjoyed the game and practiced about ten hours daily, even on holidays. Her win inspired thousands of girls in her village.

Career[edit]

With an investment of 150000 by her father,[4] Bhaker decided to take up competitive shooting. She first tasted success at the international level when she won the silver medal at the 2017 Asian Junior Championships. In the 2017 National games held at Kerala, Bhaker won nine gold medals[5] and defeated multiple World Cup medalist Heena Sidhu and broke Sidhu's record of 240.8 points, scoring 242.3 points in the final.[4]

In the 2018 International Shooting Sport Federation World Cup held at Guadalajara, Mexico. Bhaker won the gold medal in the Women's 10 meter air pistol, defeating Mexico's Alejandra Zavala, a two-time champion. Bhaker scored 237.5 the final match against Zavalaa, who scored 237.1.[6] By winning the gold medal at age 16, Bhaker became the youngest Indian to win a gold medal at the World Cup.[1][7]

Bhaker won her second gold medal at the World Cup in the 10 meter Air Pistol mixed team event. She was paired with fellow countrymen Om Prakash Mitharval. The pair shot a score of 476.1 points, defeating Sandra Reitz and Christian Reitz who scored 475.2.[8][9][10][11]

Bhaker scored 388/400 points at 2018 Commonwealth Games in women's 10m air pistol qualifying round and qualified for the finals. In the final round of the women's 10m air pistol event during the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, she secured the gold medal with setting a new Commonwealth Games record of 240.9 points.[12][13][14]

In 2018 Asian Games, she scored a game's record score of 593 in the qualification round of 25m Air pistol event. But she failed to win a medal there, as she finished 6th in the final. Eventually, her compatriot Rahi Sarnobat clinched the Gold in this event.

Youth Olympics 2018, Manu Bhaker shot 236.5 to stand at the top of the points table in the women’s 10m air pistol event. The Indian flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the Youth Olympics is also the World Cup and Commonwealth Games gold medalist. The 16-year-old Manu became the first shooter from India and the first female athlete from India to grab a gold medal at the Youth Olympics games.

In February 2019 she won the gold medal at 2019 ISSF World Cup in Delhi.[15][16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Haryana shooter creates history, is youngest Indian to win World Cup gold ►". The Times of India. Retrieved 10 March 2018.
  2. ^ CNN, Chris Scott,. "16-year-old breaks Commonwealth Games record to win shooting gold for India". CNN. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Bindra: Manu's talented but it will get tougher for her". ESPN. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  4. ^ a b c d e "Manu Bhaker, jack of all trades but master of one, wins 10m pistol gold at World Cup". The Indian Express. 6 March 2018. Retrieved 10 March 2018.
  5. ^ "Manu Bhaker picks up ninth gold at National Shooting Championship". The Times of India. Retrieved 30 March 2018.
  6. ^ "Manu Bhaker, 16-year-old from Haryana, wins 2nd gold at ISSF shooting World Cup". Hindustan Times. 6 March 2018. Retrieved 10 March 2018.
  7. ^ "Who is Manu Bhaker? Meet 16-year-old Indian shooter who created history by winning second gold in World Cup". The Financial Express. 6 March 2018. Retrieved 16 March 2018.
  8. ^ "India's gold rush continues as Manu Bhaker, Om Prakash Mitharval finish first in 10m Air Pistol mixed team final". The Indian Express. 6 March 2018. Retrieved 10 March 2018.
  9. ^ "ISSF World Cup: 16-year-old Manu Bhaker wins gold in women's pistol event". 5 March 2018. Retrieved 10 March 2018.
  10. ^ "Manu Bhaker shoots gold in Women's 10m Air Pistol – Times of India ►". The Times of India. Retrieved 6 March 2018.
  11. ^ "Manu Bhaker wins second gold at Shooting World Cup". The Times of India. Retrieved 6 March 2018.
  12. ^ "CWG 2018: On debut, teenaged Manu Bhaker shoots gold, Heena Sindhu silver". The Times of India. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  13. ^ "Commonwealth Games 2018: Superwomen Manu Bhaker, Punam Yadav, Manika Batra lead charge as India end Day 4 on a high". www.firstpost.com. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  14. ^ NDTVSports.com. "Commonwealth Games 2018: Manu Bhaker, 16, Shatters Games Record To Clinch Gold, Heena Sidhu Bags Silver – NDTV Sports". NDTVSports.com. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  15. ^ Sharma, suposh (27 February 2019). "Bhaker, Chaudhry end World Cup on a high; win 3rd Gold for India". Sports Flashes. Retrieved 27 February 2019.
  16. ^ NDTVSports.com. "ISSF World Cup 2019: Manu Bhaker, Saurabh Chaudhary Win Gold In 10m Air Pistol Mixed Team Event | Shooting News". NDTVSports.com. Retrieved 27 February 2019.

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