16-year-old Manu Bhaker made India proud once again as she clinched a gold in 10m Air Pistol mixed team event with Om Prakash Mitharval after bagging the top prize in 10m Air Pistol event in the women’s category on Monday. In the mixed team event, Manu and Mitharval totaled 476.1 in the final. It was India’s third gold medal at the event. Bhaker had beaten the host country s Alejandra Zavala, a two-time World Cup Finals winner, on Monday with a 10.8 in the last shot of the 24 shot final, to come out on top with a score of 237.5.
In the individual event, the Indian debutant shot a total of 237.5 to prevail over home favourite Alejandra Zavala Vazquez, who finished second with a total of 237.1. Frenchwoman Celine Goberville finished third with a score of 217.0.
Once again, both Indian entries in the 10m air pistol mixed team event made it through to the final. Bhaker and Mitharaval 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 qualifications world record score.
Mahima Agrawal and Shahzar Rizvi, the second Indian pair, shot 763 to place fourth and made it to the five team final round from among the 16 competing teams.
In the final, there were three pairs in contention from the very beginning – India 1 represented by Bhaker and Mitharaval, team Reitz 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 pair 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 Bhaker and Mitharaval finished strong to decisively 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 Agrawal and Shahzar Rizvi finished fourth with a score of 372.4 in the finals.
Earlier in the day, the pair of Mehuli Ghosh and Deepak Kumar had won a bronze in the 10m Air Rifle Mixed team event, making it a total of seven medals in three days for India.
In the Women’s trap, India’s Seema Tomar was the best finisher, shooting 111 in qualifying to end in 15th spot. Shreyasi Singh shot 106 to finish 22nd while Shagun Chowdhary shot 101 to be placed 26th. Also at the end of the first day of the qualification round in men’s trap, India’s Kynan Chenai shot 49 out of 50 to lie in 6th place. Zoravar Singh Sandhu shot 46 to lie 28th while Manavjit Singh Sandhu shot 42 to be in 47th place.