India’s 15 year old wonder kid Anish Bhanwala, scripted history after becoming the youngest Indian to clinch a gold medal in the Commonwealth Games.
Anish won the gold medal in men’s 25m rapid fire pistol finals after shooting the total of 30 points, which was also a new Games Record by a massive margin. Last record stood at just 23 points, made by Australia’s David Chapman in Glasgow Games 2014.
With this gold medal, India has already surpassed the gold medal tally achieved four years ago, with 16 gold medals in India’s kitty.
In a sensational CWG debut, the teenage Anish, entered the finals after concluding the qualifications on top spot and then shot the record-breaking 30 points to become the youngest gold-medalist.
Facing a tough competition from 20-year-old Australian shooter Sergei Evglevski and 28-year-old Sam Gowin of England, young Anish held his nerves through out the competition and scored a perfect last round to secure first position. With a total of 28, Evglevski took silver and Gowin bronze with 17.
Another Indian, Neeraj kumar in the same event slipped to fifth position as the competition progressed, he was left to shoot off with Gowin for fourth place and was eliminated with a total score of 15 behind Gowan (15). In qualifications, he finished on the second spot with 579-14x points.
Earlier, in 1998, Beijing Olympic Champion Abhinav Bindra became the youngest Indian to win a gold medal at the age of 15. So, the future looks quite bright for India in the sport of shooting.
Meanwhile, in athletics Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra qualify for the finals easily, which is scheduled to happen tomorrow. Men’s 4x400m Relay Team also advanced to the finals just before Jamaican team.