“I have four more years left in junior and I plan to shoot all these four years. I want to shoot both junior and senior simultaneously and gain as much experience as possible,” said Manu Bhaker, the Youngest Indian Shooter and Gold Medallist at Commonwealth Games 2018 & ISSF World Cup. Born in Jhajjar, Haryana, Manu is only 16 years old.
She already has a calendar full of various events and is currently playing in junior and senior categories, wanting to continue in the junior category for four more years. The teenage shooter has always had natural instinct towards sports including boxing, tennis and Thang-ta, a Manipuri martial art. Bhaker was dissuaded from pursuing boxing after her mother discovered that Manu had a swollen lip after one particular boxing session, as reported on the website, Scroll.
Bhaker finished on top of the podium with a CWG world record score of 240.9 in women’s 10m air pistol. The young player is actively engaged as her calendar is full of various events. The next big tournaments in her schedule are senior and junior World Cups in Germany — Munich and Suhl — followed by a tournament in the Czech Republic.