At the 20th Kumar Surendra Singh Memorial Shooting competition held here on June 24, pistol ace Manu Bhaker scored a double gold, winning both the women’s and junior women’s 10m air pistol titles.
The 20-year-old Manu Bhaker from Haryana shot 263.9 to outclass her opponents in the eight-woman semi-final event.
Arshdeep Kaur, a fellow countryman, competed against Manu for gold medal and even accompanied her to the gold medal match. In a closely contested final match, Manu, a former world number one, outshot Kaur 16-14.
Second and third place captured in the eight-woman semi-final event
Kaur finished second with a score of 260.5 to bag the silver medal, while Haryana’s Radhika Tanwar won the bronze.
Manu was once again in a class of her own as she won the junior women’s competition with a score of 249.
It was Uttar Pradesh’s Yuvika Tomar, who was the best shooter all-around in qualifying, topping both the women’s and junior women’s qualifiers with a score of 584. However, Manu was too good for her, sealing the final 16-12.
Second and third place captured in the junior women’s qualifiers
The second and third positions were claimed by Yuvika Tomar of Uttar Pradesh and Lakshita of Haryana, who scored 252.7 and 246.7 respectively.
Shikha Narwal won in the youth category where Lakshita picked up the silver. Yuvika did win gold on the day though, teaming up with Anjali Chaudhary and Devanshi Dhama to seal the team title for UP.
Haryana won silver, while Maharashtra claimed the bronze medal.