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Shooting Star Manu Bhaker Leads Haryana’s Charge At Khelo India School Games 2018

Shooting Star Manu Bhaker Leads Haryana’s Charge At Khelo India School Games 2018
Manu Bhaker at the shooting venue. (Source – Khelo India official Twitter account)

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Shooting Star Manu Bhaker Leads Haryana’s Charge At Khelo India School Games 2018

The Jhajjar student set a new junior national record in the Girls’ 10 m Air Pistol event.

As records continued to tumble at the ongoing Khelo India School Games, Haryana’s Manu Bhaker was the centre of attraction in the Girls’ 10 m Air Pistol shooting event on Sunday.

A student of the Universal Sr. Secondary School, Jhajjar, Manu broke the junior national record in the event, clinching a gold medal. In fact, she led a clean sweep by the Haryana shooters who claimed the top three positions at the Dr. Karni Singh Shooting Ranges.

In the qualifying round, Manu Bhaker broke the three-year-old junior national record of 385 set by Malaika Goel in 2013. She had a score of 387 that included 13 shots with scores of 10 or above.

Manu maintained her excellent form in the final round, beginning with a near-perfect score of 10.8. Over a span of 24 shots in the finals, she hit the centre of the target 12 times for scores of 10 or above.

Her Haryana teammate Anjali Choudhary, from Rising Sun Public School, Karnal, bagged the silver medal. The bronze medal went to another girl from the same school, Tanu Rawal.

Incidentally, the final line-up of eight shooters had as many as five from Haryana.

In the Boys’ event, Saurabh Choudhary from Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, claimed gold in a nail- biting finish. Saurabh, who has qualified for the 2018 Youth Olympics and Junior World Cups, managed to edge past Chandigarh’s Vijayveer Sidhu by a whisker, 0.3 points to be precise, to clinch the top spot.

Haryana Ahead In Medals Tally

Sunday also marked the end of the Wrestling events at the School Games. As expected, Haryana topped the medals table with 10 gold medals, 11 silver and 10 bronze medals. Here is the complete chart.

These wins also powered Haryana to the top spot in the overall rankings as on Monday afternoon, with 20 gold medals, 16 silver medals and 18 silver medals (total 54 medals). Delhi was at second spot with 17 gold medals (total 60 medals) while Maharashtra was a close third with 16 gold (total 49 medals).

Super Athletes These

While Manu Bhaker stood out in shooting, the meet has thrown up some track stars in the making. One of them is Tamil Nadu girl Sumathira Balakrishnan, who won two gold medals in the Athletics events that ended on Saturday. The 17-year-old won the Girls’ 400 m gold clocking 56.39 seconds; she also anchored her Girls’ 4×400 m team to another gold medal win.

She beat a strong line-up that included School Games Federation of India (SGFI) National U17 winner Priscilla Daniel, of Kerala, and Tai Bamhane, who won the 800m on Friday.

(Read – Khelo India School Games 2018: Maharashtra Athlete Tai Bamhane A Star In The Making)

Here is how the Twitter handle of Khelo India described Tai and her coach, Vijender Singh.

In the Boys 4x 400 m relay though, it was Kerala’s turn to upstage Tamil Nadu in the finals, winning the gold medal with a time of 3:32.75 against 3:32.82 in a thrilling race.

In the 4×100 m relay, Karan Hegiste of anchored the Maharashtra relay team to a gold medal in the Boy’s event. He had won the silver medal in the Boys’ 200 m category, one of the 130 athletes trained for free by coach Sandarsh Shetty.

The Maharashtra girls 4×100 relay team was, however, beaten to a gold by Kerala clocking 48.61s, giving Ancy Sojan her third medal of the Khelo India School Games.

Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Kerala made it to the victory podium in the Boys 400m finals. For Andhra, G Dhanush Kumar won the gold medal clocking 49.05 s, followed by Telengana’s D. Srikanth at 49.09s. Kerela’s TK Sayou got the bronze with a timing of 49.75s.

Athletics had the maximum number of medals at the School Games.

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