Manu Bhaker became the second Indian after judoka Tababi Devi to win two medals at the continental event.
However, this time out Manu Bhaker had to settle for silver after she was made to pair-up with Tajikistan’s Behzan Fayzullaev in the 10m air pistol mixed international event. In a unique format. the duo lost the gold medal match 3-10 to Germany’s Vanessa Seeger and Bulgaria’s Kiril Kirov.
The India-Tajik pair had come through qualification with a score of 751. They then beat an Egyptian-Thai pair 10-4 in the round of 16 at the Parque Polideportivo Roca shooting range in the Argentine capital. They beat a pair from Lithuania and Moldova 10-8 in the quarterfinals and then overcame Andria Ibarra of Mexico and Dymtro Honta of Ukraine 10-3 in the semifinals. The German-Bulgarian pair, however, started strong in the finals and was 3-0 ahead at one stage before winning 10-3 to emerge champions.
According to the format, the gold medal winner of the individual event is paired with the athlete who finished 20th in the final.
Congratulations to Manu Bhaker.