Manu Bhaker wins second gold at World Cup

Manu Bhaker wins second gold at World Cup

  
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Manu Bhaker (left) with Om Prakash Mitharval at the ISSF World Cup in Mexico. Photo: ISSF

The sensational Manu Bhaker won a second successive gold medal — teaming up with Om Prakash Mitharval in the 10m Air Pistol Mixed Team — at the ISSF World Cup in Guadalajara, Mexico.

The 16-year-old clinched the mixed team title, a day after she won the air pistol individual gold on what is turning out to be a memorable senior World Cup debut.

Manu Bhaker with Om Prakash Mitharval in 10m Air Pistol Mixed Team. Photo: ISSF

Mehuli Ghosh and Deepak Kumar win bronze

Mehuli won her second bronze medal, teaming up with Deepak Kumar in the 10m Air Rifle Mixed Team.

Mehuli and Deepak, competing as India 2, shot 435.1 in the five-team final, finishing behind the Romanian pair of Alin Moldoveanu and Laura-Georgeta Coman who shot 498.4 for silver.

Mehuli Ghosh with Deepak Kumar in 10m Air Rifle Mixed Team. Photo: ISSF

China’s Xu Hong and Chen Keduo won gold with a world record score of 502.0

But it was Bhaker, the girl from Jhajjar, Haryana, who stunned the shooting world with a second successive gold in as many days.

On the third day of the competition, once again both Indian entries in the 10m Air Pistol Mixed Team made it through to the medal rounds.

Manu and Om Prakash, representing India 1, shot 770 in qualification to be placed second behind the German husband and wife pair of Christian and Sandra Reitz who shot 777 for a qualification world record.

Mahima Agrawal and Shahzar Rizvi, representing India 2, shot 763 to be positioned fourth and made it to the five-team final round from among the 16 competing teams.

In the finals, there were three pairs in contention from the very beginning – India 1 represented by Manu and Om Prakash, Christian and Sandra of Germany and the French pair of Celine Goberville and Florian Fouquet.

After a sea-saw battle between the three, the Indian and the German pair pulled ahead of the French duo decisively after 38 shots, with the Germans ahead of the Indians.

With the final six shots remaining the Germans were ahead of the Indians by 0.1, but Manu and Om Prakash finished strong to clinch the battle after 48 shots, almost a point ahead of the Germans.

The final scores in favour of the Indians read 476.1 to 475.2.

Mahima and Shahzar finished fourth with a score of 372.4 in the finals.

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