New Delhi: Tokyo Olympian Manu Bhaker on Monday won the gold medal in the 10m junior pistol event of the ongoing National Shooting Championship in Bhopal. She was representing Haryana in the 65th edition of the championship. Bhaker beat Isha Singh of Telangana 17-13 in the final after topping the qualification with a score of 583. According to olympics.com, she also did well in the semi-finals, scoring 252.4 at the MP Shooting Academy Shooting Range.
Vijay Kumar won the national title
Himachal Pradesh’s Olympic silver medalist Vijay Kumar won the national title in men’s 25m center fire pistol with a score of 583. There were 582 marks between Haryana’s Anish Bhanwala and Indian Army’s Gurpreet Singh. They were the other two players on the podium.
Divya TS won gold
Bhaker also competed in the women’s 10 m pistol event, but could only score 148 in the semi-finals, thereby being knocked out in the medal round. Karnataka’s Divya TS shot 254.2 to top the 10m pistol women’s semi-finals. She finished ahead of Sanskriti Bana, who shot 251.6, and Rhythm Sangwan, who shot 250. In the final, Divya defeated Sanskriti 16-14 to win the gold medal.
Haryana’s rhythm won the national title
Sanskriti, representing Uttar Pradesh, made it to the final of the 10m pistol youth women’s event with a score of 249.2, but Haryana’s Rhythm got the better of her 16-12 to win the national title. Earlier, Bhaker had won gold medals in the senior and junior women’s individual 25m pistol events besides winning the women’s and junior women’s team gold in the 25m pistol event.
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