Manu Bhaker, the 16-year-old shooting prodigy, has won gold at 2018 Youth Olympic Games in the 10m Air Pistol event. This is India's second gold at the Games and the fifth overall, including three silver medals. Weightlifter Jeremy Lalrinnunga claimed the top spot in the men's 62 kg category in Buenos Aires. The 15-year-old from Aizawl lifted a total of 274 kg (124 kg +150 kg) to finish on top of the table on Monday night.
The teenage shooting star Manu Bhaker was also the flag-bearer of the Indian contingent for the 3rd Youth Olympic Games to be held in Buenos Aires from October 6-18. Indian Olympic Association (IOA) President Narinder Batra had announced that the 16-year-old Bhaker would lead the Indian team in the opening ceremony. She did it with grace and elan. Youth Olympic Games 2018 Medal Tally and Standings: Manu Bhaker Wins Gold Medal in Shooting, India Third on Medal Table at Buenos Aires 2018 Summer YOG!
The young shooter has had a fantastic year so far. Below are the biggest achievements of Manu Bhaker this year.
The 16-year-old from Jhajjar, Haryana sprung into the limelight after she became the youngest Indian to win a gold medal at the ISSF World Cup. Manu Bhaker Wins Gold Medal at ISSF World Cup! Know Everything About 16-Year-Old Indian Shooting Champion.
Manu won two gold medals in the 2018 ISSF World Cup held in Guadalajara, Mexico. She registered her name in record books after the shooter won the women's 10m Air Pistol gold medal at ISSF World Cup in Guadalajara, Mexico, on Sunday, March 4. Manu Bhaker Wins 2nd Gold at ISSF World Cup, Amitabh Bachchan, Virender Sehwag Lead Twitterati in Congratulating Teenage Shooting Champ!
Manu continued her winning run at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. Bhaker scored 388/400 points at 2018 Commonwealth Games in women's 10m air pistol qualifying round and qualified for the finals. Manu Bhaker Wins Gold, Heena Sidhu Gets Silver in Women's 10m Air Pistol Event At CWG 2018! India Surging Ahead in Medal Tally.
In the final round of the women's 10m air pistol event during the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, she secured the gold medal with setting a new Commonwealth Games record of 240.9 points.
In 2018 Asian Games, however, she failed to win a medal there, as she finished 6th in the final. Manu Bhaker then apologised to the fans for being unable to win a medal at the Asian Games. She has kept her promise by winning a gold medal at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in the 10m Air Pistol event.