Manu Bhaker and Saurabh Chaudhary continued their golden run in shooting as they won the 10m Air Pistol Mixed Team event in the ISSF World Cup Shooting event in Beijing, China on Thursday. Bhaker and Chaudhary defeated Jiang Ranxin and Pang Wei of China 16-6 and it is the second consecutive gold for the duo at this event, having clinched a gold in the same category in the New Delhi edition of the shooting World Cup in February 2019. This is India's second gold at the event after Anjum Moudgil and Divyansh Singh Panwar bagged a gold medal in the 10m Air Rifle Mixed Team by beating Liu Ruxuan and Yang Haoran 17-15.
Bhaker created history by winning gold in the 10m air pistol in the World Cup in Guadalajara, in the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast and the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires. However, she cites the only marquee event where she did not win a medal as her most memorable. “Actually, my most memorable is the Asian Games. Although I did not win a medal, I actually scored the volume of points which I have never achieved even in practice during qualification,” Manu had said in an exclusive interview with News Nation in January.
Shooting in India has witnessed resurgence with Manu’s generation along with the next generation bringing plenty of laurels for the country. The youngster stressed that shooting in India can only go upwards. “In India, shooters are competitive and that competitive feeling, where they say, ‘Yes, I will shoot better than the other individual’ is present. The determination to give laurels to the country is immense. India will have a brighter future in shooting,” Manu said.
Chaudhary continued his golden run in shooting as he secured the gold medal in the 10m air pistol event in the ISSF Shooting World Cup at the Karni Singh stadium in New Delhi on Sunday. Chaudhary defeated Serbia's Damir Mikec with a world record score of 245.0 and he continued his golden run with yet another flawless display. The efforts of the youngster continued his brilliant run ever since he made waves in the 2018 Asian Games when he won the gold medal in the event in Jakarta. At the age of 16, Chaudhary became the first gold medal winner for India in the event and it was a meteoric rise for a young boy who loved farming.