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'I don't set targets, I just work on technique'

Gold Coast: Uncluttered is what makes one unhindered -- that's the philosophy 16-year-old Manu Bhaker follows when she takes aim for gold at shooting ranges, the latest in her collection being the Commonwealth Games 10m air pistol top prize.
The Haryana-girl, who is making waves in Indian shooting, broke the Games record (240.9) at the Belmont Shooting Centre today, way ahead of nearest competition, which happened to be compatriot and eventual silver-medallist Heena Sidhu (234).
Her gold medal opened India's 21st CWG account in shooting, a sport which usually fetches a bagful of medals for the country.
"It just happened, I only worked on my technique, rest just happened," Bhaker said after adding to her collection of gold medals from the senior and junior World Cups.
"Shooting is an uncomplicated sport, take aim and shoot. That's why it's important not to think too much. If you think too much, then it becomes complex," she explained, sounding wise beyond her age.
The teenager, who is the youngest Indian to claim a World Cup gold, chose to unwind with a game of table tennis after returning to the Games Village and when asked whether she was expecting today's record-shattering performance.
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