Not progressing because of self failure if is not painful enough, failing because of petty reasons like bad luck can be just unbearable. Unfortunately, one particular athlete, a shooter from the Indian contingent has had to face such trauma at the very years of her career.
We are referring to Manu Bhaker. Manu Bhaker’s hope was hampered by a technical snag in her pistol which cost her time in the qualification of the women’s 10m air pistol at the Tokyo Olympics. Manu, who was one of the medal hopes for India in Tokyo, and Yashaswini Deswal both failed to make it to the finals of the event. The electronic trigger of Manu’s pistol had a circuit malfunction in the middle of the second series of the qualification. The 19-year-old had to then go to the test tent with the coach and a member of the jury where it was replaced with a spare tested and then she returned to the competition area.
The process cost the world No.2 and she finished with 575 points, thus finishing 12th in the 53-woman field. Only the top eight qualified for the finals. Manu recovered well to shoot 98 in the 5th series but looked to be under a bit of time pressure. Manu needed an X in her final shot but the 19-year-old shot an 8 that eventually knocked her out of the competition. It was a difficult day for Manu as faced a technical glitch and did not shoot for as many as 5 minutes in her 3rd series.
Her father Ramkishan Bhaker, as well as a National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) official, said that the electronic trigger of Manu’s pistol had “suffered a circuit malfunction” in the middle of the second series of the qualification. India’s shooting contingent being the top draw for medals for India at the Olympics has been a big disappointment, with the best being only a finalist.