Indian shooter Manu Bhaker became India’s seventh entrant in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after her fourth-place finish in the women’s 10m Air Pistol event at the ISSF (International Shooting Sport Federation) World Cup in Munich. She ended with a score of 201.0 in the final after finishing third in the qualification round with a total point of 582. It’s a sweet victory for the 17-year-old shooting prodigy who earlier missed qualifying two days back, following a weapon malfunction which made her miss out on a podium finish in the 25m Air Pistol event. The gold medal winner scored 241.4, followed by 239.6 for the silver medalist while the bronze medallist scored 220.8.
Manu Bhaker is enjoying a memorable phase in her career, having won numerous medals in the last two years. In 2018, she won a gold medal in the women’s 10m Air Pistol category at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, when she was just 16 years.
She followed it up with a fascinating display at the Youth Olympics later that year with a gold medal in the individual category and also a silver in the mixed team category. Apart from these, she has also bagged regular medals in the respective ISSF world cups in the past couple of years. She holds the record for being the youngest Indian to win a gold medal at the ISSF World Cup.
Manu Bhaker is undoubtedly one of the medal contenders for the Indian contingent in Tokyo next year.
Earlier in the meet, Rahi Sarnobat also qualified for the Olympics after she claimed a top podium finish in the women’s 25m Air Pistol event. Apurvi Chandela has also been phenomenal in the world cup, she fetched a gold medal in the women’s 10m Air Rifle category. So far, 7 shooters have made the cut to the big ticket event next year.