India’s medal prospects were shattered on Sunday after the teenage starlet Manu Bhaker was eliminated sooner from the 10m air pistol category. As per the sources “Pistol breakdown costs Manu Bhaker a position in 10m air pistol final round”. The equipment was faulty, leading her to pause and switch equipment and waste valued time.
The 19-year-old shooter did not place among the top eight to advance to the final of the women’s individual 10m air pistol qualification round. In reality, Bhaker, who finished the round in 12th place with a total of 575 points, lost out on the last qualification berth by only two points. This led social media critics to doubt the Indian shooter’s devotion to the Games. However, claims subsequently surfaced that the nine-time World Cup winner’s equipment was faulty, leading her to pause and switch equipment and waste valued time.
A “Circuit Fault” in Indian Shooting Champion’s Pistol
A ‘circuit fault’ in her pistol cost Indian shooting champion Manu Bhaker terribly as she just lost qualifying for the ladies’ 10m air pistol finals at the Tokyo Olympics on Sunday (July 25). Manu squandered more than 5 minutes in the second session due to a technical error which is enough to derail one’s flow in the precise sport, after having a strong start in her first Olympic appearance.
National Rifle Association of India Official Said
Her father, Ramkishan Bhaker, and also National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) official both asserted that-
“Manu’s pistol’s digital set off had “suffered a circuit malfunction” in the midst of the second session of the qualifier”.
Manu reappeared to the shooting line once the concern was rectified but it had disrupted her rhythm as she faced up against world-class and Olympic winners. The 19-year-old, who is positioned second in the world, was dragged back by a technical error after a strong start that saw her claim one of the top eight positions.
Former Indian World Champion and Record Holder Heena Sidhu Tweeted
Manu recovered well enough to shoot 98 in the fifth session, perhaps under time constraints Pistol shooter, Heena Sidhu who has represented India in two Olympics and is a previous world champion and world record holder detailed the issues faced by her compatriot while criticizing those who said she collapsed under pressure.
Heena Sidhu tweeted, “For all those who are swift to judge Manu, she crumbled to pressure. I recently found out exactly what happened to her equipment and how much time she lost. She did not give in to pressure; instead, she arose to it. Obtaining a score of 575 in just 34 minutes is a feat of her nerves”.
She was so close that if that last shot was an inner 10 she wud have been in the finals even after going through a complete weapon breakdown in between the match. Stop judging athletes on numbers coz maybe that's the only thing u can understand. Start understanding Performance!!
— Heena SIDHU (@HeenaSidhu10) July 25, 2021
Heena Sidhu Said “STOP CRITICIZING ATHLETES”
Heena also tweeted-
“She was very close as if the last hit was an inner10, she might have been in the finals even despite suffering via a severe weapon collapse in between the match”. Stop criticizing athletes based on statistics because that may be the sole element you understand. Learn to understand performance!!!”