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Who is Anish Bhanwala?

Anish Bhanwala poses during the medal ceremony for the 25m Rapid Fire Pistol shooting Men’s Finals.

Anish Bhanwala poses during the medal ceremony for the 25m Rapid Fire Pistol shooting Men’s Finals.  

In 1998, 15-year-old Abhinav Bindra was then the youngest Indian to participate in the Commonwealth Games. Two decades later, 15-year-old Anish Bhanwala on Friday became the youngest Indian to win a gold for India at the Commonwealth Games. He won the 25m rapid fire pistol event, breaking the Games record in the process.

Born in Karnal Haryana, Anish stormed into the scene with a successful season in 2017. At the Junior World Shooting championship in Shul, he won two golds, two silvers and a bronze medal. He created a new world record en route to clinching the 25-metre standard pistol gold.

At the Commonwealth Shooting championship held at Brisbane in December last year, Anish underlined his prowess yet again and clinched the men’s rapid fire pistol silver.

Anish’s sister Muskan Bhanwala is also part of the Indian shooting contingent. Both of them train under national head coach Jaspal Rana.

Anish was busy participating in shooting events with men almost double his age, but still had to take his CBSE exams this year. He arrived from his maiden ISSF World Cup in Mexico at the dead of night and sat for a class X Board paper at the crack of dawn next day.

An earlier version of this article misspelt Abhinav Bindra’s name. It has now been corrected. The error is regretted.

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