Manu Bhaker wins shooting gold, Heena Sidhu silver at 2018 Commonwealth Games

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Gold Coast: Manu Bhaker is turning out to be the golden girl of Indian shooting. After bagging multiple medals in the ISSF World Cup in Mexico and the Junior World Cup in Sydney, the 16-year-old from Jhajjar, Haryana on Sunday opened India’s account at the Commonwealth Games shooting competition at nearby Brisbane with a brilliant performance belying her age.

Manu came up with a stellar show to win gold medal in the women’s 10m air pistol, becoming the youngest gold medalist for India in shooting. To add to her achievement, she bagged the gold with a Commonwealth Games record in qualifying.

Manu’s gold was also the first in shooting at Gold Coast and there was nobody more suited to lift it as Manu now looks – the star for the future not only for India but also for shooting sport as well. Though the Asian Games and Olympics will be bigger tests, the fact that Manu won the gold with a Games Record on Sunday proves that she is capable of crossing those hurdles too.

The icing on the cake for India was that seasoned Heena Sidhu fought back after slipping to sixth in the final to complete a grand gold-silver double for the country that is expected to dominate shooting at these Games.

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