New Delhi: Medal rush, or in fact gold rush for India has taken a step forward on Friday morning as 15-year-old Anish Bhanwala shot to gold medal in men’s 25m Rapid Fire Pistol Positions by shooting a record 30 points. Anish’s gold makes him the youngest Indian medallist at the Games. This was India’s second gold on day 9 of Commonwealth Games 2018 at Gold Coast with Tejaswinin Sawant bagging the top honor in women’s Rifle shooting, earlier. India’s gold tally reaches 16, which is one more than the nation’s total achieved in Glasgow in 2014.
In the qualifiers, Anish was atop with a qualifying score 580 points while compatriot Neeraj Kumar finished a spot below with a score of 579 points. Anish continued with his dominance atop in the first part of the final event with a lead of four points over Australia’s David Chapman who had acquired the second position. Neeraj, on the other hand, had slipped down to the fifth position.
In the eliminators, Anish maintained his four-point lead, then time over Australia’s Sergei Eglevsky. Neeraj stuttered further and finished fifth in the competition. It was then a thrilling contest between the Indian and the Australian for the prestigious gold. Eglevsky reduced the gap to two points and then to one before Anish struck five consecutive stunners to outclass the Aussie in the race to gold.
All of just 15, Anish comes from Kashandi in Haryana and is groomed by former CWG gold medallist Jaspal Rana. He had previously clinched gold in Junior World Championships in 2017 in 25m standard pistol event. Anish had in fact scripted junior world record in the qualifiers. He had even participated in the modern pentathlon junior World Championships in 2013.
India’s tally has now reached 34 at the CWG 2018. With 16 golds, India has effortlessly surpassed their Glasgow tally of 15.