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Inspiring Story Of 16-YO Manu Bhaker Who Picked Up Gun To Make Country Proud

Haryana's Manu Bhaker becomes the youngest Indian shooter to win World Cup gold

“The empowered woman is powerful beyond measure and beautiful beyond description” – Steve Maraboli

The young talent of India is amazing and the best part of it is the contribution of women in every field. Today we have come up with the story of 16-year-old girl who has more than 11 national medals, new records in shooting and now 2 gold medals in recently concluded ISSF World Cup in 10 meter Air Pistol. She is none other than the new shooting sensation Manu Bhaker who started shooting just 2 years back. This story tries to recreate her journey from starting her career to beat three Olympic medalists to win the gold medal.

Multi-talented childhood 

Manu Bhaker hails from Haryana, India and was born to Ramkishan Bhakar and Sumedha Bhakar. She was interested in all the outdoor games since childhood. She did perform very well in boxing, skating, Kabaddi, Karate, lawn tennis, and Tang Ta (Manipuri martial art). She started picking up these sports at the age of 6 and used to change the sport after every year after excelling in each one. She is a champion in Boxing and Martial Arts at the state and national level. However, she had to quit boxing when she got an injury in her eye and her mother asked her to stop boxing and choose any game other than a contact sport. Shooting soon became her passion and her father made a shooting range within their home to give his daughter more time to shooting. The best part of her childhood was being fearless and support by her family.

The young talent of India

Uprising Career

“Follow your passion, be prepared to work hard and sacrifice, and don’t let anyone limit your dreams.” – Donovan Bailey

When Manu started taking the shooting very seriously at the age of 14, an incident made her more determined to be on the top in shooting field. Manu applied for a Pistol license to order a shooting gun from foreign but her request was canceled. It was then Manu work harder and started her career by winning three gold medals in 2016 in Mahendragarh. This was followed by some of the wonderful performances from her side.

  • She clinched two gold medals at the Junior and Youth level at the XVII Kumar Surendra Singh Memorial Shooting Championship in New Delhi.
  • She also won the silver in the Youth Olympic Games quota at the 10th Asian Airgun Championship in Wako city, Japan.
  • Manu won gold medals with new national records in all three categories — women, junior and youth — of the 10m Air Pistol at the 61st National Shooting Championship in Thiruvananthapuram. She also broke the previous national record of 240.8 under Sidhu’s name by making the new final national record of 242.3.
  • Manu has been coached by Yashpal Rana and under his guidance, she has won two gold medals including one in partnership with Om Prakash Mitharval in ISSF World Cup in Mexico’s Guadalajara in starting in 2018.

“I am extremely happy at winning a Gold medal for our country at such a great platform. This is my first medal for India and I hope to perform even better in Upcoming events and tournaments.” – Manu in an Interview after winning gold in World Cup.

Success Stories of Women

Conclusion:

Manu Bhaker is only 16 years old as of now and still needs to cover a very long journey. However, it is sure that she will be one of the best shooters in India at the International level. Her success at this very young age is only because of her dedication, hard work, and work balance. We hope that it is the just the starting of a successful path for Manu and there are a lot of achievements waiting for her. This story is a small effort of giving all the well-wishes to Manu for her brighter future from 150 crore Indians.

“If you are walking down the right path with a will to keep walking, eventually you are going to make progress” – Barack Obama

References: Daily Hunt, Jagran

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