Manu Bhaker, India’s 16-year-old shooting prodigy stormed into the women’s 25m air pistol with a Qualifying Games record score of 593 in the women’s 25m pistol qualification at the ongoing Asian Games on Wednesday.
Rahi Sarnobat, the other Indian in the fray, also made it to the eight-shooter final finishing seventh with a score of 580.
Commonwealth Games Champion’s total score was eight points more than the next best, South Korea’s Kim Minjung, who got 585, which is usually considered a par score in qualification.
Bhaker was on top of the charts from the onset, topping the precision round with 297 out of 300 points. She scored a 99, 98 and a perfect 100 in the three series. In the next round of rapid shooting, she hit 296, starting with a 100, followed by 97 and 99. The world record in qualification is 594.
Her senior partner Sarnobat had a score of 288 and 292 in her precision and rapid series.
The final will take place at 1300 hrs IST today.
However, there was disappointment for Anjum Moudgil, who failed to qualify for the finals with a whisker of 50m Rifle 3 Positions Women.
She scored a total of 1159 points and missed the 8th position with just one point as Singapore’s Lindsay qualify with a score of 1160 points and in addition to that Anjum’s inner 10’s were more than the Singaporean shooter.