Gold Coast: Anish Bhanwala, a boy aged 15, trumped the men standing in his way to become India’s youngest-ever gold medallist at the Commonwealth Games after Tejaswini Sawant added another yellow metal to her decorated CWG resume, on Friday.
In a sensational CWG debut, Anish shot a Games record score of 30 to claim the top prize in the men’s 25m rapid fire pistol event.
Anish entered the six-man final having topped the second stage of qualification with a total score of 580 that had 22 central bulls.
The youngest in the field, he showed nerves of steel and led the more experienced shooters through the event to emerge a deserving champion.
Anish started with two possible fives, racing to a three-point margin. He stumbled with a three and a one before scoring another five to lead by four points over Evglevski.
In the gold-medal round, with just a one-point margin, Anish, who won the silver at the Commonwealth Shooting Championships last November at Belmont, displayed his skill with a maximum of an unbeatable 30 points.
Talented is the shooter that the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), in an unprecedented first, had agreed to reschedule three papers of his class X exams to help him avoid a clash between studies and competitive sports.
On becoming the youngest athlete in the Indian team, he said, “I’m very excited that I became the Commonwealth champion. I am the youngest athlete from India to win Commonwealth gold at 15.”