Youth Olympics 2018: Indian players on their Way To Gold Medals

Youth Olympics 2018 match highlights:

  Manu Bhaker won the girl’s 10m air pistol event to become the first Indian to win a shooting gold at the Youth Olympics

   Saurabh Chaudhary followed up her feet with a gold medal in the male 10m air pistol event

  India has 3 golds and 3 silvers at the games

Youth Olympics 2018 match highlights

Coming back to Youth Olympics 2018 match highlights, India’s next generation of shooters flew the Indian flag high at the Youth Olympics with Manu Bhaker and Saurabh Chaudhary creating history by winning gold medals in the male and female 10m air pistol events respectively. Chaudhary shot 244.2 to ensure a finish on top of the podium while Bhaker shot 236.5 to win her event. With these two gold medals, India has a total of 4 medals from shooting at the Youth Olympics.

Young prodigy Manu Bhaker put in a superlative performance to become the first Indian to win a gold medal in shooting at the Youth Olympics. The shooter who has caught the eye globally with her performances over the last year added another feather to her kitty to overcome superstars like Russia’s Enina Lana and Thailand’s Kanyakorn Hirunphoem.

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The World Cup and Commonwealth Games gold medallist began her gold medal effort in fine fashion by topping the qualification. She scored  576, which included a series of 95, 96, 96, 96, 95, 98, to be ahead of second and third in the qualification, Russia’s Enina Lana and Chinese Lu Kaiman with 569.

Youth Olympics 2018 match highlights

The gulf in class between Manu and her opponents was apparent with the fact that she slipped to second place only once during the final. She began the eight-woman final with a 10.0 and followed it up with a 10.1 and 10.4 to lead Stage 1 with 99.3 after a sequence that included seven scores of 10 and above.

Stage 2 saw her maintain her dominance over the field with two scores of 9.8 to start off with. Improving, she followed them up with shots of 10.1 and 9.9 to extend her lead over her closest rival Thailand’s Kanyakorn Hirunphoem on course to a record setting triumph.

This is an important win for me. It will be a morale booster (after the Asian Games disappointment) as I look forward with an aim to bring home more laurels,” Bhaker said after winning the gold.

Saurabh Chaudhary soon followed up his compatriot Manu Bhaker’s feat with an impressive showing of his own. Throughout the Youth Games, the shooter from Meerut had been in scintillating form, shooting a total of 580 out of 600 to top the qualifying round.

In the finals, Chaudhary’s consistency ensured that he stayed above the pack despite registering in four scores of under 10 to start with. He slowly picked up the pace to shoot 10.7, 10.4, 10.4 and 10.00 to pick up the yellow metal.

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