#3 Manu Bhaker
This young shooter, who already has the coveted ISSF World Cup gold medals [both in individual and mixed category] to her credit, has now created history by becoming one of the youngest Indian women to win a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games. With a smashing Games record of 388/400 in qualifications and 240.9 points in the finals, Manu Bhaker has set a name for herself in the world of shooting.
To give you an insight of how phenomenal is Manu's debut performance, here are some stats: The competition at Commonwealth finals consisted a firing of 24 shots, while the Asian Games, as well as the Olympics, comprise only 20 shots per competitor.
Had Manu's scores been adjusted as per the standard format, her actual score would've been 201.7, which would've landed a remarkable silver at Incheon Asiad 2014, and a huge, unthinkable, as well as the historic gold medal at Rio Olympics, way ahead of the actual gold medalist Zhang Menxue of China.
This speaks volumes about the potential Manu has in store, given the fact how ultra-competitive the Asian Games are in terms of shooting. Apart from Asian Games, Manu Bhaker is also a strong contender for a gold medal at the Buenos Aires Youth Olympics, and we hope that she exceeds our expectations.Published 19 Apr 2018, 21:47 IST