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Commonwealth Games 2018: 10 things you need to know about  Indian star shooter Anish Bhanwala

696   //    13 Apr 2018, 12:00 IST

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Anish Bhanwala at the ISSF Junior Championship (Image credits: HT)

The young 15-year-old shooter born in Kashandi in Haryana, Anish Bhanwala, became the 6th Indian to win a gold medal in shooting for India at the Commonwealth Games 2018. Not just that, but he also became the youngest Indian to do so and also sets the Games Record with a final score of 30 in the 25m Rapid Fire Pistol Men's Finals.

He is turning out to be one of the best shooting talents of the country and his dreams of winning a gold medal for the country seem well in reach. Let's get to know more about this raw talent after his tremendous achievement at the Commonwealth Games 2018:

#1 Missed CBSE Board exam for CWG: Anish was supposed to take the board examinations this time of the year, along with all the other students. However, the shooter had other plans. He was busy preparing for the 2018 Commonwealth Games when all the others were busy studying.

The CBSE also played its part in Bhanwala's progress as it allowed Anish Bhanwala to takea few of his board exams at a later date. Had they not done so, then we may have had oneless gold medal. Thanks a lot, CBSE!! Now that's not something that you get to hear too often.

#2 He is an all-rounder: Besides excelling with the pistol, Bhanwala is sharp in studies as well, something that has helped him balance both education and an international shooting career.

#3 A jam-packed schedule: Bhanwala recently took part in the Mexico World Cup, then in the ISSF Junior World Cup in Sydney and finally at the Commonwealth Games 2018. The best part is that he consistently performs well and handles the pressure too. What were you doing when you were 15?

#4 Shooting runs in his blood: Anish is not the only one who is prolific at shooting in his family. His sister Muskan is also a shooter, though perhaps not as popular as her younger brother.

#5 Anish initially tried his hand at the modern pentathlon: It was senior shooters, who Anish met at the range, that guided him to focus completely on his talent with the gun. Anish too felt he should comply as this was his favorite sport in the pentathlon and the future of an athlete in the modern pentathlon is also uncertain in India.

#6 A small town boy: Although he currently resides in Delhi, in order to carry on his education and shooting career, Anish hails from the small town of Karnal, Haryana. He presently lives and practices in Delhi.


#7 Father Jagpal Bhanwala quit his practice as an advocate in Karnal to give 100 percent time to his children: Many have heard that many children make many sacrifices in their life to ensure that their parents have the best facilities. Here we have a proud father, Jagpal Bhanwala who quit his practice to move to Delhi. The sole purpose of moving to Delhi was to ensure his two children, Anish and Muskan have the best of facilities and exposure. Hours and hours of gruesome training has enabled him to polish his skills and attain this remarkable feat of winning a gold medal in 25m Rapid Fire Pistol Men's Pistol at the Commonwealth Games 2018.

#8 A new record: Not only did Anish make everyone proud by winning a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games, but he also became the youngest Indian to achieve this feat.

#9 Anish Bhanwala already had many accolades to his name before the Commonwealth Games 2018: Anish won 2 gold medals, 2 silver medal and 1 bronze medal at the ISSF Junior World Championship 2017, in Suhl. He won a silver medal at the same event at the 2017 Commonwealth Shooting Championships.

#10 Multiple records broken: He broke the world record at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range during the national trials earlier in January 2018 as he scored 37 breaking the record of 35 of Ricardo Mazzetti, an Italian shooter. Even though Anish Bhanwala's score does not qualify according to the rules of the ISSF as it was not scored at a national event, it does not take away the fact that this was a tremendous feat for someone so young. He also broke the national record, previously held by renowned olympian Gurpreet Singh. He scored a record-breaking 579 and clinched gold in the 25m rapid fire National Shooting Championship 

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