In another successful outing at the 2018 Youth Olympics in Argentina, Manu Bhaker became the second Indian after judoka Tababi Devi to win two medals at the continental event, while the men's and women's hockey team moved to the semi-finals and quarterfinals respectively.
Manu Bhaker and Saurabh Chaudhary had won gold in the men's and women's 10m air pistol events, while Shahu Mane and Mehuli Ghosh had won silver in the men's and women's 10m air rifle events, earlier in the Games.
However, this time out Manu Bhaker had to settle for silver after she was made to pair-up with Tajikistan's Behzan Fayzullaev in the 10m air pistol mixed international event, In a unique format. The duo lost the gold medal match 3-10 to Germany's Vanessa Seeger and Bulgaria's Kiril Kirov.
The India-Tajik pair had on Thursday come through qualification with a score of 751. They then beat an Egyptian-Thai pair 10-4 in the round of 16 at the Parque Polideportivo Roca shooting range in the Argentine capital. They beat a pair from Lithuania and Moldova 10-8 in the quarterfinals and then overcame Andria Ibarra of Mexico and Dymtro Honta of Ukraine 10-3 in the semifinals. The German-Bulgarian pair, however, started strong in the finals and was 3-0 ahead at one stage before winning 10-3 to emerge champions.
According to the format, the gold medal winner of the individual event is paired with the athlete who finished 20th in the final. India thus wrapped up their shooting campaign with two gold and three silver medals. Of the eight medals won by the Indian contingent so far, five are from shooting.
On the hockey turf, the Indian men's hockey team defeated Poland 4-2 to progress into the quarterfinals of the Hockey 5s competition at the Parque Polideportivo Roca. Shivam Anand grabbed a brace while Maninder Singh and Sanjay were among the other goal scorers for India.
The Indian women's hockey team also enjoyed good day after they beat South Africa 5-2 in their final Pool A match to advance to the quarterfinals of the Youth Olympic Games. The Indians finished in the second spot in their pool with 12 points, behind leaders Argentina.
Mumtaz Khan, Reet, Lalremsiami, and Ishika Chaudhary were on the scoresheet for India against South Africa as the team ended the pool stages on a winning note after Wednesday's defeat to hosts Argentina.
On the badminton courts, title favorite, Lakshya Sen recovered from a game deficit to beat Kodai Naraoka 14-21 21-15 24-22. The Indian shutter is now assured of a medal after securing passage into the final.