Indian Olympic shooter Manu Bhaker issued a clarification on the malfunction of her pistol and said that it wasn’t how it looked. Bhaker won gold in the 25m pi stol team event but missed a single medal as she finished fifth in the individual final on September 27, Wednesday. Bhaker, who was a solid contender for individual gold, missed the medal by what seemed like a pistol malfunction earlier.
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Bhaker was a victim of pistol malfunctions during the Tokyo Olympics, which ended up costing her a medal. Not only this, but she also suffered a malfunction during the 2019 World Cup. Earlier during the break in the continental multi-sport event, her Korean rival complained about a missing target, while Manu complained about empty pallets, which earlier looked like pistol malfunction.
Speaking on the same, Bhaker said, "The athlete who was standing in front of me, the empties were hitting me. It happened in every series, so I just complained about it.” Not only this, but the shooter also talked about the final of the previous edition of the tournament, where despite performing brilliantly in the qualification, she missed the podium finish.
The 21-year-old said, "Everything came back to me. In the last Asian Games, I shot 593 and I was sixth in the final at least I have done one step better this time. "There was a group shift at the start. I realised it after two series. Then I changed it, so I can see it properly."
On her team’s victory, Bhaker said, "It was unfortunate. I was hoping for a podium finish but it didn't happen. I am really happy with the team gold. It is proud to win the gold for the team.”