Manu Bhaker never returned empty-handed from a competition, says proud father

  • Manu Bhaker never returned empty-handed from a competition, says proud father

Manu Bhaker never returned empty-handed from a competition, says proud father

"Delighted that Heena Sidhu won the Silver in the women's 10m Air Pistol event". Manu first attained glory at the 2017 Asian Junior Championships, where she won a silver.

IST: Meanwhile, India's Saniya Sheikh has managed to qualify for the Women's Skeet Final in second spot with a score of 42. The 28-year-old Sidhu - recipient of the Times of India Sports Awards (TOISA) Shooter of the Year award in February - stormed back from the face of elimination in stunning manner to claim silver with a total effort of 234.

Veteran Manika Batra, Madhurika Patkar and the doubles duo of Mouma Das and Patkar made sure India blanked England.

She stole the limelight at the last National Championships in Kerala, where she won nine golds and broke the national record, held by Sidhu.

India continued to bag gold medals on Day 4 of the Commonwealth Games 2018, with weightlifter Punam Yadav and 16-year-old shooter Manu Bhaker winning a gold medal each. Mirabai Chanu, Sanjita Chanu, Sathish Sivalingam and Venkat Rahul Ragala had earlier emerged champions in their respective categories.

Bhaker is clearly a natural in a sport that Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra has described as one of stillness.

At Gold Coast, she shot a 388 in the qualifying round, breaking the previous Games record (qualifying) of 386. "But the truth is she never returned empty-handed from any tournament, whether it be the school or national level", Ram told IANS.

If Manu Bhaker is able to sustain her form and fitness in the coming days, then she seems to be a brilliant prospect for Indian shooting.

Australia is at the top with a total 60 medals, while England is placed second with a total of 34.

At present, India's medal tally reads six gold, two silver and two bronze - five gold from the weightlifting and one from shooting.

In other events, India's female racewalker, Khushbir Kaur couldn't win a medal in the women's 20 km racewalking event but has secured fourth place. Deepak registered a total of 162.3. She lifted a total of 222kg which included 100kg in snatch and 122kg in clean and jerk. Deepak Kumar finished sixth in the 10m air rifle, while Maheshwari Chauhan could not make the skeet final.

In the final, both Indian shooters were captivating to watch.