No medals no problem for Bhaker at the Shooting World Cup in Korea
New Delhi: Just after clinching gold at the Commonwealth Games in the 10m Air pistol event, Manu Bhaker failed to make the podium in the recently-concluded ISSF World Shooting Championship in Changwon, South Korea. The 16-year-old shooter said she isn't disheartened after returning empty-handed from the World event.
"I am not disappointed at not winning any medals there (in Changwong) because if you look at my performance I managed to breach the world record in qualification stages and I was satisfied to do that," she said at the sidelines of an event unveiling her as the brand ambassador of Pee Safe. "The experience was a lesson that you won't always win a medal and one need to keep improving to get better."
Bhaker added that the World Championship helped her face the best shooters from all over the world after Commonwealth Games which had limited nations.
"World Championship was important for me as I had to compete against the world's best from all around after winning a gold medal in CWG which didn't have all the shooters," said the teenager from Haryana.
Bhaker further revealed that she intends to follow a hectic schedule of playing at various global events at both junior and senior levels for the next four years.
"I am just 16 now and I have a lot to learn, I want to improve my technique further. There are four years left in my junior career and I will like to complete that. I will also keep participating in the senior events during the period in order to be more prepared against the best. The idea is to keep improving my performance by featuring in many competitions," she said.
Bhaker will next participate in another World Championship in Germany (both senior and junior), followed by International Championship in the Czech Republic.
The schedule gets hectic as she also gears up for Asian Games in Jakarta and then for the next World Championship in Korea.