Aim is to secure a quota place for 2020 Olympics: Manu Bhaker

Palembang: Shooter Manu Bhaker reacts after competing in the women's 25m Pistol finals during the 18th Asian Games at Palembang, in Indonesia on Wednesday, Aug 22, 2018. Bhaker who qualified in the top spot with a Games Record score, finished at the sixth spot. (PTI Photo/Vijay Verma) (PTI8_22_2018_000189B)

Vastavam web: Teen shooting sensation Manu Bhaker says her aim is to secure a quota place for the 2020 Olympics. Having left her mark in almost all the top events, the 16-year-old Bhaker is now focussed on making the cut for the Tokyo Games. Bhaker, who started the year with gold medals in her maiden senior World Cup, added two more yellow metals at the Commonwealth Games and the Youth Olympics, the first by an Indian shooter.

“We saw the youth power this year, it feels really good that teenagers are doing so well and achieving their goals. We have set our goals and are working hard, it is very surprising that suddenly all of us are doing so well. I feel very nice when I see youngsters performer,” Bhaker said. Indian shooting has a bright future with the abundance of young talent at its disposal. The recently-concluded National Shooting Championship saw 13-year-old Esha Singh upstage big names like Bhaker and Heena Sidhu in the women’s air pistol events to win three gold medals. Unlike other sports, shooting allows youngster to participate in both the senior and junior events. Such exposure has benefitted the younger generation.