India prove the hottest shots

Indians climbed the podium after five of the six shooting events at Buenos Aires 2018, with Manu Bhaker (IND) the only competitor to win two medals.

Picture by OIS/IOC

All four Indian shooters at the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games will return home with medals, after the team featured on the podium in five of the six events contested at Sarmiento Park.

India were peerless in the 10m air pistol, as Manu Bhaker won the women’s event and Chaudhary Saurabh took the men’s title.

Bhaker was the most successful athlete in the competition, also claiming silver in the mixed international team in the 10m air pistol, with Bezhan Fayzullaev of Tajikistan. “There is no secret in the success of the India shooting team,” Bhaker said. “This is only made possible by our hard work.”

Saurabh said: “We have a lot of support from our families, our coaches and the federation. If you put that together with a lot of hard work and a bit of luck which is God-given, then good things happen.”

Grigorii Shamakov (RUS) claimed the first gold medal of the YOG, in the men’s 10m air rifle, with Shahu Mane (IND) taking silver and Aleksa Mitrovic (SRB) bronze.

Manu Bhaker (IND) was the only shooter in the competition at Buenos Aires 2018 to win two medals (OIS/IOC)

Stephanie Grundsoee (DEN) beat Mehuli Ghosh (IND) to gold with her final shot in the women’s 10m air rifle, while Marija Malic (SRB) won the second bronze for Serbia.

The Sarmiento Park crowd roared their approval for home favourite Facundo Firmapaz (ARG) in the 10m air rifle mixed international team event, as he and Viivi Kemppi (FIN) won the bronze medal. Gold went to Enkhmaa Erdenechuluun (MGL) and Zalan Pekler (HUN).

The competition closed with the 10m air pistol mixed international team event, in which Vanessa Seeger (GER) and Kiril Kirov (BUL) combined to beat Bhaker and Fayzullaev in the final.