Gold Coast, April 13: India’s sporting contingent at the ongoing 2018 Commonwealth Games has surpassed the gold medal tally achieved four years ago in Glasgow, with 15-year-old Anish Bhanwala winning the country’s 16th gold on Friday.
In a sensational CWG debut at the Belmont Shooting Centre, the teenage pistol sensation – who this year was awarded Emerging Player of the Year at the Times of India Sports Awards (TOISA) – entered the six-man men’s 25m rapid fire pistol finals having topped the second stage of qualification with a total score of 580-22x, and then shot a Games record score of 30 to win the finals and become the youngest Indian gold medallist at the CWG.
Facing stiff competition from 20-year-old Australian shooter Sergei Evglevski and 28-year-old Sam Gowin of England, young Anish held his nerve and kept his focus through eight rounds to emerge on top. With a total of 28, Evglevski took silver and Gowin bronze with 17. (Agencies)