Anish Bhanwala won a gold medal in the Men’s 25m Rapid Fire Pistol, taking India’s medal tally to 34 on Day 9 of Commonwealth Games 2018 in Gold Coast, Australia. He also became the youngest gold medallist of India in the history of CWG. The 15-year-old, Bhanwala shot a score of 30/40 in the final. India now has six gold medals in shooting after Jitu Rai, Manu Bhaker, Heena Sidhu, Tejaswini Sawant and Shreyasi Singh.
Bhanwala, who is a Junior World Cup gold medallist shooter, got permission from the Central Board of Secondary Education to take his Class X Board exams next month. The National Rifle Association of India wrote to CBSE since the Class X and shooting dates were overlapping.
Indians on various social media platforms are thrilled to see such a young player win a gold medal at the global level. Here are some of the reactions.
Heartiest congratulations to-
15 year old #AnishBhanwala for the Gold in 25 m rapid pistol.#TejaswiniSawant for the GOLD & #AnjumMoudgil for the SILVER in Women’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions event. #GC2018Shooting
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) April 13, 2018
— Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) April 13, 2018
Unbelievable- #AnishBhanwala at just 15 years of age wins a Gold in 25 m rapid pistol. Congratulations Anish.
Also many congratulations to#TejaswiniSawant for the GOLD 🥇 & #AnjumMoudgil for the SILVER🥈in Women’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions event. #GC2018 pic.twitter.com/VcvTpOKjkD
GOLD!!! Congrats Anish Bhanwala. 15 year old. You should not be bunking school 😉. So proud of you my friend. Mens 25m Rapid Fire @OGQ_India @GC2018 #gc2018shooting. What a performance!! Congrats @OfficialNRAI @Media_SAI @jaspalrana2806 pic.twitter.com/PNuqwdTQm5
— Viren Rasquinha (@virenrasquinha) April 13, 2018
Indian Shooters keep winning. Gold & Silver for #TejaswiniSawant & @anjum_moudgil. And 15 yr. old #AnishBhanwala what an amazing performance, the youngest Indian to win a CWG gold! Congratulations. #GC2018 #GC2018Shooting pic.twitter.com/POz6HnjMDT
— Yashodhara Raje Scindia (@yashodhararaje) April 13, 2018
With that #AnishBhanwala becomes the new Sharmaji Ka Beta for this generation of kids.
— Kiran Manral (@KiranManral) April 13, 2018
— Babul Supriyo (@SuPriyoBabul) April 13, 2018
— Kailash Vijayvargiya (@KailashOnline) April 13, 2018
Elated to see #AnishBhanwala become India’s youngest Gold Medalist 🥇in CWG. All of 15 years, Anish has earned laurels for the country 🇮🇳 in the men’s 25m rapid fire pistol. What an Achievement! 👏
— Randeep Singh Surjewala (@rssurjewala) April 13, 2018
So far India’s medal tally has been quite healthy, here’s hoping we can cross our 2010 numbers at CWG this year.