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16-YO shooter Manu Bhaker becomes first Indian woman to win gold at Youth Olympics


New Delhi: 16-year old shooter Manu Bhaker made the country proud as she has become the first-ever Indian woman to win gold at Youth Olympics.

Bhaker on Tuesday won the women’s 10m Air Pistol event with a score of 236.5 at 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Argentina’s Buenos Aires.

Notably, weightlifter Jeremy Lalrinnunga became the first-ever Indian to bag Youth Olympics gold on Monday.

Russia’s Iana Enina won the silver with 235.9, while Nino Khutsiberidze bagged the bronze medal.

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“This is an important win for me. It will be a morale booster (after the Asian Games disappointment) as I look forward with an aim to bring home more laurels,” Bhaker said after winning the gold.

“I have always tried to give my best and sometimes there may not be success. But the endeavour is to do well, shoot well, shoot high scores. It is satisfying.”

Bhaker began the eight-woman final with a 10.0 and followed it up with a 10.1 and 10.4. She led the Stage 1 with 99.3 after a sequence that included seven scores of 10 and above.

Two 9.8 in the beginning of the second stage (elimination) were followed by a 10.1 and 9.9, helping her maintain the lead over Thailand’s Kanyakorn Hirunphoem by some distance.


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