Manu Bhaker Shatters World Record in 25m Women's Pistol Olympic Selection Trial

Manu Bhaker dominates 25m women's pistol Olympic trials, sets new world record; Anish Bhanwala wins men's 25m rapid fire pistol event as India showcases shooting prowess ahead of Paris 2024.

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Manu Bhaker Shatters World Record in 25m Women's Pistol Olympic Selection Trial

Manu Bhaker Shatters World Record in 25m Women's Pistol Olympic Selection Trial

Manu Bhaker, India's ace pistol shooter, dominated the first 25m women's pistol shooting Olympic selection trial in New Delhi on April 20, 2024. The 22-year-old Olympian scored a near-perfect 47 out of 50, surpassing the current world record held by South Korea's Yang Jin by an impressive six points.

Bhaker's remarkable performance at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range included perfect rounds of five on seven instances, with scores of 4, 4, 5, 5, 5, 5, 4, 5, 5, and 5 in the 10 series of five rapid-fire shots. Her final score was eight points ahead of Rhythm Sangwan, who secured second place with 39 points, while Abhidnya Patil finished third with 32 points.

This Olympic selection trial is the first of four that will determine the Indian shooting contingent for the 2024 Paris Olympic Games. The top three scores out of the four sets of trials will be considered for the Olympic berths. Bhaker's world record-breaking score is anticipated to boost her confidence as she heads into the second trial (OST T2) scheduled for April 21, 2024.

Why this matters: Manu Bhaker's exceptional performance not only solidifies her position as a top contender for the Paris Olympics but also showcases the depth of talent in Indian shooting. Her world record-breaking score is evidence of the country's growing prowess in the sport and raises expectations for India's medal prospects at the upcoming Olympic Games.

In the men's 25m rapid fire pistol trial, Anish Bhanwala emerged victorious with 33 hits, followed by Vijayveer Sidhu and Adarsh Singh in second and third place, respectively. The Olympic Selection Trials (OST) for rifle and pistol events are being held at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range in New Delhi from April 19 to April 27, 2024. The final average scores, along with bonus points for shooters already holding Olympic quotas, will determine the eligibility of Indian marksmen for the Paris Olympics.

Key Takeaways

  • Manu Bhaker sets new world record in 25m women's pistol Olympic trials
  • Bhaker scores 47/50, 6 points ahead of current world record holder
  • Rhythm Sangwan and Abhidnya Patil finish 2nd and 3rd, respectively
  • Anish Bhanwala wins men's 25m rapid fire pistol trial
  • Olympic Selection Trials for rifle and pistol events held in New Delhi