Pune: Manu Bhaker won her fifth international Gold of the month and her third of the ongoing ISSF Junior World Cup as she partnered Anmol Jain to clinch the Mixed Team 10m Air Pistol competition at the Sydney International Shooting Centre in Australia.
On the penultimate day of competitions, Manu and Anmol helped India win its seventh Gold medal in Sydney. The Indian pair beat Chinaese duo of Jinyao Liu and Xue Li to Silver, finishing with a combined score of 478.9 as against 473.3 in the 50-shot final.
There was more good news on the day for India when Sreya Agrawal and Arjun Babuta won the Mixed Team Air Rifle Bronze but the icing on the cake was a Bronze in the Women’s Skeet by Ganemat Shekhon, who won her first international medal of her career.
Manu, Anmol dominate
In the Mixed Team Pistol event, Manu and Anmol were on fire from the qualification round itself, progressively building a relevant gap between them and their closest rivals and eventually finishing with 478.9 points, 1.8-point away from the current World Record.
Eaelier, Anmol and Bhaker also set a new Junior Qualification World Record with 770 points.
India’s Gaurav Rana and Mahima Turhi Agrawal also qualified in third place while two more teams from China and one Australian pair completed the final line-up.
Manu and Anmol continued to stamp their class in the final, opening up a close to 4-point gap after the first 10 shots itself.
They won on a canter in the end over the Chinese pair of Liu and Li, while the second Chinese pair won the Bronze. Gaurav and Mahima finished fourth ahead of the Australian pair on a score of 370.2.
In the Mixed Team Air Rifle, Sreya and Arjun shot 432.8 in the finals to finish behind two Chinese pairs who won Gold and Silver.
In the Women’s Skeet, Ganemat Shekhon showed good resolve through the day to richly deserve a podium finish in a quality field. She reached the six-woman final, finishing fifth in qualifying with a score of 102 out of 125 and won a shoot-off to determine fifth and sixth place, in the process.
She then kept staying in the hunt and kept missing opportunities to move further up at the same time through the length of the final, but held on with 36 hits out of 50 for a welcome medal in the international arena for Women’s Skeet.
Ganemat finished behind former junior World Champion Yufei Che who hit 47 out of 60 to win Silver. The Gold went to the hosts as Olympian and double Oceania Championship medalist Aislin Jones shot a junior world record score of 51 to finish on top of the podium.
With one more day of medals to go and with two finals left in the competition, India are in neck-to-neck competition with China to finish on top of the medals tally.