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Diving legend says HIV-contracted friend inspired him to Olympic gold        India beat Pakistan to reach final of Emerging Teams Asia Cup        Boosting exports key to make India $5-tn economy by 2025: Kant        Prabhu, US Commerce Secretary to discuss trade issues on Feb 14        Ceasefire for key Yemen port agreed at peace talks: UN        Britain's May sees no 'immediate breakthrough' at EU        Poll results prove Ram Temple or communal polarisation doesn't cut ice with people: Sinha        Ashok Gehlot appeals to Cong workers in Raj to maintain peace        Rahul tweets pic with Kamal Nath, Scindia as race for CM moves to Bhopal        Aussies will fight back, but India has upper hand: Ghavri        World Tour Finals: Tough road ahead for Sindhu; Sameer too eyes knockout berth        Govt should consider 100% FDI in multi-brand retail trade: CII report        Shaktikanta Das named new RBI Governor        Khashoggi, other journalists named Time 'Person of the Year'        May tours Europe in desperate bid to save Brexit deal        Three policemen killed in Shopian by terrorists; weapons snatched        13 of 19 Rajasthan ministers lose elections; CM Vasundhara Raje retains her seat        Clear message to Modi that People are unhappy and it is time for change: Rahul on poll results        Cong leads in R'than, Chhattisgarh and MP; TRS races ahead in Telangana, MNF in Mizoram        Shakhtar prepare for home match 700 kilometres from home        
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Sports News
Youth Olympics: Manu Bhaker puts Asian Games disappointment behind, shoots gold in 10m pistol
 
(Buenos Aires, oct 09, 2018):Ramkishen Bhaker’s voice was drowned in a gaggle of whistles and howls. He was in the middle of an impromptu party with his neighbours in Charkhi Dadri after his daughter Manu claimed the 10m pistol gold at the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires, shooting 236.5 in the final. “Initially, we thought we’ll celebrate after she comes. But our neighbours were all excited and we thought why not give it now? It’s an important medal,” he says.

Important not only because it was the Youth Olympics gold, but also as she was enduring a slump of sorts. Both the Asian Games and Changwon World Championship had ended in medal-less desperation, and there was a fleeting phase where Manu’s father wondered whether she was crumbling under the ratcheting pressure of expectations. “She was unusually dull when she returned from the Asian Games. She had returned without medals even earlier, but I’d never seen her so worried,” he recollects.

Deep inside, he might have feared Manu would quit shooting, for there had been precedents of his daughter switching from one sport to another because she was losing interest. Not that it’s a sign of impatience or petulance, but she’s still a 16-year-old cutting her teeth at the highest level, where she is bound to have occasional setbacks and she broods over more than the seasoned pros. “She doesn’t like losing, and more than that, she was gutted that she let herself and the country down at the Asian Games,” he says.

Remarkably, Manu had qualified for the final with a Games record, before she tumbled in the final and eventually finished sixth, with compatriot Rahi Sarnobat snapping gold after finishing seventh in the qualifying round. Likewise, she impressed all through the 25m air pistol event, breezing through the qualifiers, before faltering in the final. “She wasn’t the usual cheerful self, kept rewinding those moments, wondering where she had erred. I told her to relax and told her that those are all part of life,” her father says. But try selling those to as obsessively pushy an athlete as Manu.

She was slightly perturbed with the restrictions on the junior shooters too, like the clips on the cellphones and social-media usage, which was confined to an hour. When she spoke openly about it – “They’re seniors. They’re free. They can do anything they want. They can use their phones any time” – she drew a lot of flak from some of the senior players. There were whispers that the hype was getting to her. “I knew the reason she was so irritated, it was because she couldn’t win any medal,” he says. It benefitted that she had an understanding coach in Jaspal Rana. “Don’t you think we are expecting too much from a 16-year-old? They do not know who or what is a teenager. They have no friends around them. Every month they are travelling, they don’t see their parents for 2-3 months at a go,” he reasoned. A few kind words from Abhinav Bindra too helped her rev up.


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India beat Pakistan to reach final of Emerging Teams Asia Cup
Aussies will fight back, but India has upper hand: Ghavri
World Tour Finals: Tough road ahead for Sindhu; Sameer too eyes knockout berth
Shakhtar prepare for home match 700 kilometres from home
AC Milan let Inter off the hook with Torino stalemate
1st Test: India in cruise control as Australia reduced to 104/4 chasing 323
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Man Utd fight back again but Arsenal extend unbeaten run in four-goal thriller
Serena, Nadal and Murray all confirmed for Australian Open
Manchester City top World Cup player pay-out table
Luca Modric wins 2018 Ballon d'Or
Why aren't Dhoni, Dhawan playing domestic cricket? Asks Gavaskar
Barcelona down Villarreal 2-0
Arjen Robben says he will leave Bayern Munich at season’s end
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KERALA NEWS
Activist Rehana Fathima, Who Attempted Sabarimala Trek, Arrested Over Facebook Post
 (Kochi, Nov 28, 2018): Model and activist Rehana Fathima, who tried to reach Kerala's Sabarim  
Good news for Keralite Nurses: IELTS cut-off reduced to 6.5
BJP leader K Surendran, 71 others granted bail
Sabarimala protests: Arrests up to 2061, Kerala HC warns police
INTERNATIONAL NEWS
Ceasefire for key Yemen port agreed at peace talks: UN
 Rimbo (Sweden), Dec 13 (AFP) UN chief Antonio Guterres announced Thursday a series of breakthroughs
Britain's May sees no 'immediate breakthrough' at EU
Khashoggi, other journalists named Time 'Person of the Year'
May tours Europe in desperate bid to save Brexit deal
NATIONAL NEWS
Poll results prove Ram Temple or communal polarisation doesn't cut ice with people: Sinha
 New Delhi, Dec 13 (PTI) Former Union minister Yashwant Sinha on Thursday said there is a "great deal
Ashok Gehlot appeals to Cong workers in Raj to maintain peace
Three policemen killed in Shopian by terrorists; weapons snatched
13 of 19 Rajasthan ministers lose elections; CM Vasundhara Raje retains her seat
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