‘To go down and stand up stronger’ – Anjum Moudgil pens message for Aishwary Tomar and Manu Bhaker following a stunning show at the Junior World Championships

Aishwary banished the ghosts of the Olympic disappointment with a stellar show as he set a junior world record in the final to clinch the gold medal.

Aishwary Pratap Singh, Anjum Moudgil
Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar

Following a dismal show at the Tokyo Olympics, the Indian junior shooters have come back valiantly at the ISSF Junior World Championships. Following their stunning show, veteran shooter Anjum Moudgil took to Instagram to congratulate her Tokyo Games teammates Aishwary Tomar and Manu Bhaker as they were crowned the Junior World Champions.

Aishwary set 2 Junior World Records on his way to a gold medal in Men’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions. In qualifications, he equalled the existing Junior World Record of 1185. Tomar scored 397 in kneeling, 398 in prone and 390 in standing. The next best score in the competition was Czech Olympian Jiri Privratsky’s 1181.

It was in the standing series of the finals that Aishwary showcased his sheer class. His scores of 51.5 and 51.8 replete with high 10s got him well ahead of the pack. He continued the momentum with a 10.7 and 10.8 in the elimination rounds and finished with 463.4, a new finals Junior World Record.

Anjum Moudgil pens an inspiring message for Aishwary Tomar and Manu Bhaker

shooting at Tokyo Olympics; Manu Bhaker
Manu Bhaker

Manu Bhaker, who was subject to much criticism after Tokyo 2020, helped herself to a hat-trick of golds from 10m Air Pistol events amid an admittedly weak field. She will get more medal chances from the Women’s 25m Pistol events. This performance will offer some consolation for Aishwary and Manu after he suffered a meltdown following a bright start at Tokyo 2020.

In sports one thing is clear, no one can know what an athlete experiences and goes through mentally and physically, you win a medal and everything is okay but If you don’t then it’s just crazy to see the negativity. But I am so proud of these young champs making us proud always, no matter what level of competition it is.

Having to get out of the Olympics Shadow I experienced myself and then having the self-belief and courage to stand for oneself doing this and becoming Junior World champion is just amazing journey in itself. You learn and grow, but to go down and stand up stronger is what I get to learn from them,” Moudgil wrote.

India currently tops the medal tally at the ISSF Junior World Championships with eight gold medals. India’s eight gold medals is double of the second-placed USA, who are also behind the Asian nation when it comes to the total medal tally. India has won 18 medals in the tournament thus far with six silver medals and three bronze medals to go with eight golds.

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