Final 10m Air Pistol Women Junior

India’s Manu Bhaker secures a thrilling Air Pistol gold in Sydney

ISSF Junior World Cup Rifle / Pistol / Shotgun · Sydney, AUS

The 16-year-old shooter overtook Thailand’s Kanyakorn Hirunphoem at the very last shot, adding the Junior World Cup gold medal to the one she won earlier this month at the ISSF World Cup in Guadalajara (MEX).

An exciting final match characterized the 10m Air Pistol Women Junior event in Sydney (AUS), where India’s Manu Bhaker prevailed over Thailand’s Kanyakorn Hirunphoem (16) at the very last shot, securing India’s second individual gold at the ISSF Junior World Cup.


After leading the match by as much as 2.2 points, indeed, Bhaker fired six consecutive shots outside the 10th ring, suddenly finding herself one point behind Hirunphoem with only two shots left to fire.


There, the 9.6-9.8 combo signed by the Indian 16-year-old was enough to definitely overtake her rival, who instead sealed her match with a disappointing 7.9.


Bhaker — who won individual and mixed team gold in Air Pistol at this month’s ISSF World Cup in Guadalajara (MEX) — finished with the score of 235.9 points, while Hirunphoem — who previously wrote a new Qualification World Record with 576 points — took silver with 234.9.


The podium was then completed by People’s Republic of China’s Lu Kaiman, 41st at last year’s ISSF Junior World Championship in Suhl (GER) and making her first Junior World Cup participationin Sydney. The 18-year-old won her country’s seventh individual medal, taking bronze with 214.2 points.


Placing just outside of the podium, Bhaker’s teammate Devanshi Rana failed to put a medal on top of her first international competition. The 18-year-old debutant, indeed, took 4th place with 195.3 points.


A second Chinese finalist — 15-year-old Xiao Jiaruixuan, Air Pistol junior gold medalist at last year’s Asian Championship in Wako City (JPN) — finished in 5th position with 173.2 points.


She was followed by Singapore’s 15-year-old Shirlene Hew Yun Ting and Chinese Taipei’s 19-year-old Chien Hsin-Yi, who respectively finished in 6th position with 153.3 points and in 7th position with 133.5.


At the bottom of the table, Amanda Mak Sao Keng (17) finished 8th in her first international competition ever, scoring 112.9 points.


Bhaker, Rana and Mahima Turhi Agrawal also brought India on top of the team podium, while Xiao, Lu and Li Xue won silver for the People’s Republic of China. Thailand’s Hirunphoem, Luxciga Srinitivoravong and Warunyapha Kaewngoen took the team bronze.


The ISSF Junior World Cup in Sydney (AUS) will continue on Monday with the 25m Rapid Fire Pistol Men Junior final, taking place at the Sydney International Shooting Centre at 12:45 pm (UTC+11:00).


The competition will be streamed live on the ISSF website, on the Federation’s Livestream channel and on its official Facebook page.


Live results of the competition, news and updates will be available on and on all ISSF social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Weibo and Youku.


RESULTS - 10m Air Pistol Women Junior

1. BHAKER Manu

2. HIRUNPHOEM Kanyakorn

3. LU Kaiman


VIDEO - Final 10m Air Pistol Women Junior


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