The 15-year-old Anish Bhanwala underlined his prowess yet again as he clinched the men’s rapid fire pistol silver in the Commonwealth Shooting championship in Brisbane on Sunday.
Already a world junior champion in standard pistol and silver medallist in sports pistol, Anish, a prodigy trained by pistol ace Jaspal Rana, was beaten to the gold by two points by Sergei Evtlevski of Australia.
Anish, who had topped qualification with 577 points, was on par with the Aussie after the third series in the final, but Evglevski shot two successive perfect rounds of five to pull ahead. Anish also came up with a five later but was trailing by four points before the last series for the gold.
The 23-year-old Neeraj Kumar was also on par along with Olympian Gurpreet Singh with 10 after the third series, but the two could not sustain their efficiency in the 4-second series, when five shots are fired on five targets.
Neeraj settled for the bronze after a shoot-off with Anish, following a tie on 23, while Gurpreet was fifth.
In women’s rifle 3-position event, a medal eluded Gaayathri NIthyanandam by 0.7 point Aditi Singh and Tejaswini Sawant also made the final and placed sixth and seventh respectively.
In women’s trap, Shreyasi Singh beat Seema Tomar in the shoot-off to make the final after the two had tied on 66, but eventually ended sixth. Seema was seventh and Rajeshwari Kumari placed eighth with 63.
Men: 25m rapid fire pistol: 1. Sergei Evglevski (Aus) 28 (573); 2. Anish Bhanwala 26 (577); 3. Neeraj Kumar 23 (575); 5. Gurpreet Singh 14 (566).
Women: 50m rifle 3-position: 1. Seonaid Mcintosh (Sco) 459.9 (586); 2. Katie Gleeson (Eng) 451.1 (570); 3. Martina Lindsay Veloso (Sgp) 440.1 (574); 4. Gaayathri NIthyanandam 429.7 (574); 6. Aditi Singh 405.0 (570); 7. Tejaswini Sawant 393.4 (575).