CWG: Shooter Anish brings 16th gold medal for India

By Agency Published on Apr 13, 2018 12:34 PM IST

Gold Coast: India’s sporting contingent at the ongoing 2018 Commonwealth Games has surpassed the gold medal tally achieved four years ago in Glasgow, with 15-year-old Anish Bhanwala winning the country’s 16th gold on Friday.

In a sensational CWG debut at the Belmont Shooting Centre, the teenage pistol sensation - who this year was awarded Emerging Player of the Year at the Times of India Sports Awards (TOISA) - entered the six-man men’s 25m rapid fire pistol finals having topped the second stage of qualification with a total score of 580-22x, and then shot a Games record score of 30 to win the finals and become the youngest Indian gold medallist at the CWG.

Facing stiff competition from 20-year-old Australian shooter Sergei Evglevski and 28-year-old Sam Gowin of England, young Anish held his nerve and kept his focus through eight rounds to emerge on top. With a total of 28, Evglevski took silver and Gowin bronze, with 17.