Whatever she touches, turns into gold. Manu Bhaker continued to lend the golden touch to Indian shooting as the 16-year-old won the individual and team gold medals in women’s air pistol in the Junior World Cup in Sydney on Saturday.
Manu had won the women’s gold on World Cup debut in Guadalajara, Mexico, earlier this month, and had followed that up with the mixed air pistol gold with Om Prakash Mitharval.
After leading for the most part in the 24-shot final, Manu trailed by a point before the last two shots. Even though she did not get the 10s, Manu delivered strong shots in the end to win by a two-point margin, as Kanyakom Hirunphoem of Thailand dramatically slipped with a 7.9 last shot.
National junior chief coach for pistol Jaspal Rana’s daughter Devanshi Rana shot very well but missed a medal by 0.1 point, as Lu Kaiman of China overtook her to the bronze.
The Indian trio of Manu, Devanshi and Mahima Agrawal won the team gold with a world junior record of 1693 points, 12 points ahead of China.
There were more medals for India, in men’s air pistol and mixed trap team events.
Ali Aman Elahi and Manisha Keer won the mixed trap silver behind Italy, while the second Indian team of Kirti Gupta and Vivaan Kapoor finished fourth.
Gaurav Rana and Anmol were overwhelmed by the Chinese supremacy in men’s air pistol, as Wang Zhehao won the gold by 8.6 point margin. There were five Indians in the final apart from three Chinese. The Indian teams managed to bag the gold and bronze.
The additional team helped India consolidate its position in the second place with five gold, two silver and five bronze medals, two behind China which had taken its tally to six gold, three silver and five bronze.