The 15-year-old Indian shooter Anish Bhanwala created history on Friday as he won the gold medal in the Men’s 25m Rapid Fire Pistol on day 9 at the Commonwealth Games, Gold Coast – and became the youngest-ever Indian gold medallist at the Commonwealth Games.
Back in 1998, 15-year-old Abhinav Bindra was then the youngest Indian to participate in the Commonwealth Games. Two decades since then, young Indian shooter – 15-year-old Anish Bhanwala from Haryana participated in the ongoing Commonwealth Games, Gold Coast in Australia and became the youngest Indian to win a gold for India at the CWG as he won the 25m rapid fire pistol event. With Bhanwala’s victory, the tally of medals for India at the Commonwealth this season, has been lifted to an impressive 34, in total; however, it is Anish Bhanwala’s achievement that is truly to be appreaciated about.
Making a sensational debut at the Commonwealth Games, the 15-year-old shooter shot a score of 30/40 in the final – bringing home India’s sixth gold medal after Jitu Rai, Manu Bhaker, Heena Sidhu, Tejaswini Sawant and Shreyasi Singh. Born in Karnal of Haryana, Anish marked is presence back in 2017 when he won two golds, two silvers and a bronze medal at the Junior World Shooting championship in Shul. Later on in December last year, the young shooter clinched the men’s rapid fire pistol silver medal at Commonwealth Shooting championship held at Brisbane.
To participate in the Commonwealth Games this year, Bhanwala actually had to take permission from the Central Board of Secondary Education to take his Class X Board exams next month – for which, the National Rifle Association of India had intervened. But despite being the youngest in the field on Friday’s shooting event, Anish Bhanwala showed nerves of steel and led the more experienced shooters through the event to emerge deserving champion. The second place was held by Australia’s Sergei Evglevski (28) and the bronze was bagged by 17-year-old Sam Gowin of England.