16-Yr Haryana Girl is Youngest Indian to Win a World Cup Gold in Shooting in ISSF World Cup (Download PDF)

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Manu Bhaker, clinched women’s 10m air pistol gold at the ISSF World Cup in Guadalajara, Mexico in a tournament organized by the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF). Manu was introduced to shooting at her school Universal Senior Secondary school in Goriya Village in 2016.

Map of Location of Goriya

Map of Location of Goriya

Map of Location of Goriya

  • Only place with a shooting range in Jhajjar district. The range is 25km away from her residence and the standard XI student trains for almost five hours every day.

  • Manu Bhaker became India’s youngest to win a World Cup gold and world’s third youngest to win World Cup gold.

  • Rifle shooter Gagan Narang and pistol shooter Rahi Sarnobat were India’s previous youngest World Cup gold medalists at the age of 23 — in 2006 and 2013 respectively.

  • Singapore’s rifle shooter Lindsay Veloso and USA’s Vincent Hancock, both aged 15, are the youngest World Cup gold winners.

Other than winning the gold at such a young age, Manu’s achievement is special as it came while competing against three Olympic medalists (Celine Goberville, Anna Korakkai and Heidi Diethelm) and multiple World Cup medallists.

Background

  • Within two years of competing, Manu became the national champion in all three categories she participated in — youth (U-18), junior (U-21) and senior — with 15 medals from the National Championships in December last year.
Manu became the national champion in all three categories

Manu Became the National Champion in All Three Categories

Manu became the national champion in all three categories

What is ISSF World Cup

  • The ISSF World Cup was introduced by the International Shooting Sport Federation in 1986 to provide a homogeneous system for qualification to the Olympic shooting competitions.

  • It is done like Olympic shooting events, with four competitions per year in each event.

  • For the best shooters there is since 1988 a World Cup Final.

  • The World Cup Final in rifle and pistol is usually held in Munich as the ISSF shooting season ending competition.

To the final, the following shooters are qualified:

  • The defending Olympic, World, ISSF World Cup Final champions.

  • Silver and Bronze medalists of either the last Olympic or the World Championship, whichever competition that was most recently held.

  • Eight best performances at the World Cup competitions during the year with rating done by special score system.

  • Two shooters can be nominated by the host country to compete in two of the World Cup Final events if no one from the host country qualifies.

- Published/Last Modified on: May 8, 2018

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