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Manisha Keer equals shooting world record, gets silver at world championship

first_imgIndia’s Manisha Keer, 19, won the silver medal in the junior event of the ISSF Shooting World Championship in trap on Monday in South Korea, becoming the first woman from India to do so in the world championships in the shotgun event.During the championships, Manisha equaled the junior world record but had to settle for second spot during a shoot off with Italian shooter Erica Sessa who eventually won the gold medal.Manisha, the daughter of a fisherman lives on the outskirts of the city at Goragaon on the banks of the Upper Lake. Her father makes ends meet by selling his daily catch at the local market. She is one of the eight children born to Kailash and Shakuntala Keer. Five out of the eight Keer kids are into sports with two of Manisha’s siblings, Ajay and Sona making a mark for themselves in water sports.Manisha Keer had no experience in shooting whatsoever but was selected to train at the MP Shooting Academy after her father took her for the trials in 2013.”Manisha’s capacity to absorb what is taught and to use it in a match is amazing. Her rise in a short span of time has made everyone take note. I wouldn’t go as far as to say that she has attained greatness in the sport but she is definitely on the way,” said Commonwealth trap shooting gold medalist and Olympian Mansher Singh who is the Chief Coach of the MP Shooting Academy.last_img read more

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