Anish Bhanwala achieved a historic bronze medal at the World Cup finals in Doha on 24 November. Despite his worst score in the competition, he secured the third-place finish, all thanks to Czech Republic’s Matej Rampula’s weak performance. India’s first medal in the 25m Rapid Fire Pistol event at an ISSF World Cup final was marked by this unimpressive score of 23 out of 30. Anish seemed more excited about his improvements as a shooter rather than the medal, stating, “I don’t overreact on winning or losing.”
His unexpected win at the World Cup final came as a surprise, and Anish believes that it’s due to the well wishes of the athletes he helped at a felicitation ceremony for India’s Asian Games triumph that boosted him. Anish Bhanwala met three-time Olympic champion Ralf Schumann at a camp in New Delhi and sought guidance from him to excel at the Olympics. Schumann has been coaching the Indian for the last year-and-a-half, resulting in impressive outcomes. The shooter now spends around 70 days a year with his coach in Suhl, hoping to perfect his skills for the 2024 Paris Olympics.