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Commonwealth Games 2018: Who is Anish Bhanwala? Meet India's youngest gold medal-winner in CWG history

Anish Bhanwala

Anish of India celebrates with his gold medal at the men's 25m Rapid Fire Pistol final at the Belmont Shooting Centre during the 2018 Commonwealth Games |Photo Credit: AP

Anish Bhanwala, who hails from Haryana, became the youngest gold medal winner for India in CWG history, as he emerged as the champion in 25m rapid fire pistol event in Gold Coast. Anish showed the maturity of a pro left those more experienced shooters behind and emerged as the champion. Behind the Indian, came Australia's Sergei Evglevski - who took the silver with an aggregate score of 28, while the bronze medal went to Sam Gowin (17) of England.

Shooting has been one of india's most productive sports at the ongoing 21st Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast. While several veterans and debutants have already won medals for the country in different categories of the sport, 15-year-old Anish Bhanwala left the entire fraternity awestruck as he became the country's youngest ever gold medal winner in the Commonwealth Games history. Anish achieved the feat as he bagged the yellow metal with a Games record in the men's 25m rapid fire pistol event at the Belmont Shooting Centre.

The Haryana boy also shot down the CWG record in the final as he scored 30 including four series of 5 each. Despite being the youngest in the field, Anish showed the maturity of a pro left those more experienced shooters behind and emerged as the champion. Behind the Indian, came Australia's Sergei Evglevski who took the silver with an aggregate score of 28, while the bronze medal went to Sam Gowin (17) of England.

Here are a few facts you need to know about the youngest Commonwealth Games champion for India:

  • His sister Muskan has been part of the senior team and has also represented India at the International Shooting Sport Federation World Cups.
  • Anish's father Jagpal, who is an advocate in Karnal, made the hard call of giving up his practice and decided to move to Delhi to give both his children adequate facilities for practice.
  • Anish is presently training under the national coach Jaspal Rana in Delhi. Despite such interest and success in the sport, the 15-year-old is a brilliant student too.
  • Anish is also the junior world record in 25m standard pistol with a score of 579. At the age of 15, he is also among the youngest competitors at junior events, which mainly comprise of Under-21 shooters.
  • Anish has also represented India at the 2013 Modern Pentathlon Junior World Championships but later decided to switch sport.
  • Anish received the top rank among Indian juniors as well at the 60th national championship. He has also beaten veterans like Gurpreet Singh and Vijay Kumar.
  • At the ISSF Junior World Championship Rifle/Pistol in Suhl, Germany, Anish registered two gold, two silver, one bronze and one world record to his name.

By winning the gold, Anish left behind his shooting team-mate Manu Bhaker, who had become the youngest Indian Commonwealth Games gold medallist earlier this week when she won gold at the10m air rifle finals.

In the Qualifications, Anish had scored 580 to finish top of the tally while Neeraj was right behind with 579. Anish had scored 286 in stage 1 and 294 in stage 2 qualifying, while Neeraj had the scores of 291 in stage 1 and 288 in stage 2.