New Delhi. Coach during less than three months of practice at the shooting range Raunak Pandit And Manu Bhaker has come up with a plan that keeps the young pistol shooter’s hopes of securing a podium spot at the Olympics alive. Manu had performed brilliantly in world-class competitions under India’s best pistol shooter Jaspal Rana but after parting ways, she is practicing under Raunak Pandit’s coaching. After the ISSF World Cup in New Delhi in March, Manu decided not to take coaching from Jaspal. During the Indian team’s tour in Croatia, Pandit guided Manu in the final phase preparations for a month and a half.
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Pandit won the Commonwealth Games gold medal in 2006 by teaming up with Samresh Jung. “We have trained for two-and-a-half to three months and have made a plan for him (Manu),” he told Tokyo. He has full faith in Manu’s ability and says that despite high expectations, neither he nor the young shooter has any problem. “Expectation has its good and bad aspects but Manu was winning medals in the World Cup even at the age of 16 or 17. She is used to such pressures and expectations. Pandit said, “Before the Olympics, he is calm, completely focused on his work.