Manu Bhaker wins fourth gold at junior world shooting championship, India on top with 20 medals

Manu Bhaker has won one individual and three team gold medals, along with a solo bronze at the meet.

By Aarish Ansari
Picture by NRAI

Olympian Manu Bhaker clinched her fourth gold medal at the ISSF Junior World Championship 2021 in Lima, Peru on Wednesday after helping the Indian women’s team win the top prize in 25m pistol.

Manu Bhaker, who was crowned the junior world champion last week, teamed up with Rhythm Sangwan and Naamya Kapoor for the event. The trio topped both stages of the qualification round.

In the final, the Indian women beat the USA 16-4 to win the gold. Manu Bhaker and Rhythm Sangwan were also part of the gold-winning women’s 10m air pistol team.

Another pistol shooter Adarsh Singh also claimed a podium finish on Wednesday, winning the silver in the men’s 25m rapid fire pistol event. USA’s Henry Leverett claimed gold with a score of 32 against Adarsh’s 28.

Twin brothers Vijayveer Singh and Udhayveer Singh also qualified for the rapid fire finals but were eliminated early.

The India rifle shooters, meanwhile, had a mixed day at the junior worlds.

The women’s team of Nischal, Ayushi Podder and Prasiddhi Mahant qualified for the 50m rifle 3 positions gold-medal match by finishing second in the two-part qualification. The trio will face USA in the summit clash on Thursday.

However, the men’s team featuring Olympian Aishwary Singh Tomar, Sanskar Havelia and Sartaj Tiwana ended fifth, behind Hungary, France, Germany and USA.

The 50m rifle prone mixed team of Samra Sift Kaur and Surya Pratap Singh also finished outside the top four and failed to make the cut for the medal rounds. The pair finished sixth in the qualification.

Meanwhile, the shotgun shooters added another medal to India’s tally, with the men’s trap team picking up a silver.

The trio of Vivaan Kapoor, Shardul Vihan and Bakhtyaruddin Malek had qualified second to set up a final clash with Italy. However, the Indian team went down 6-4 in the gold-medal playoff.

The women’s trap team missed out on the bronze medal as Divya Singh, Aadya Tripathi and Kirti Gupta lost 6-2 to Germany in the third-place contest.

India still lead the medals tally (20), with nine gold, eight silver and three bronze medals. USA are second with six gold and a total of 17 medals.