In the Olympics, India has achieved the most medals in shooting so far. India has received 4 medals so far.
The shooters who won medals in the Olympics for India
India has achieved many milestones in the Olympic Games, the world’s largest sporting fair. In which the shooters of India have also contributed significantly. India has received 4 medals in the shooting game so far. Rajyavardhan Rathore won a silver medal in the 2004 Athens Olympics, and became the first shooter in the country to win an Olympic medal for India.
After this, Abhinav Bindra created a new history by winning the gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Then India won two medals in the 2012 London Olympics, Gagan Narang won the bronze medal, Vijay Kumar won the silver medal and raised the country’s flag.
Athens Olympic-2004: Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore (Silver medal, double trap)
With the best preparation, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore was running in superb form. Their preparation in the double trap shooting event was tremendous. However, Rathore could not start well in the qualifying round, but with a score of 135 points, he managed to secure his place in the final. Ahmed Al Maktoum of the United Arab Emirates scored 144 points in the qualifying round and his gold medal win was almost certain. Rathore performed unmatched in the final round scoring 44 points and overtook China’s Wang Zheng to win the first silver medal in India’s Olympic history.
Beijing Olympic 2008: Abhivan Bindra (Gold Medal, 10m Rifle)
Apart from Abhinav Bindra in the 10 meter air rifle event, Xu Qinan of China and Henri Hakken of Finland Henri Hakkinen were strong contenders to win medals. But India’s 25-year-old shooter got off to a good start in the qualifying round, scoring 596 points to advance to the finals. Bindra, who stood fourth in the final, realized that it would not be easy for him to win the gold medal. Shortly before the final match he came to know that the site of his rifle had been tampered with.
Keeping restraint in difficult circumstances is included in the nature of a great player, so Bindra did not lose courage. In the final round, he shot the best shooting of his life, and won the Olympic gold medal by scoring 104.5 in 10 shots of the final match. He became the first individual gold medal winner in India’s Olympic history.
London Olympic 2012: Gagan Narang: (Bronze medal, 10m rifle)
Gagan Narang missed out on a medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, but Gagan again got a chance to realize his childhood dream at the London Olympics. This time Gagan did not lose his concentration and made no mistake while performing unmatched. Before the Olympics, the rules of the final match had changed in shooting events. Due to the change in the rules, the qualification score was not added in the final, that is, all the shooters standing for the final match had to be equal.
Gagan Narang confirmed the bronze medal, leaving behind Wang Tao of China. Then Nicolo Campriani of Italy gave him a tough fight and won the silver medal by scoring 701.5 points. Gagan scored 701.1 points in this match. Eileen George Moldovinu gave the gold medal with a score of 702.1, performing brilliantly. And thus Gagan became the third shooter from India to win an Olympic medal by winning these bronze medals. This was India’s first medal at the London Olympics.
Vijay Kumar: (Silver medal, 25 m rapid fire pistol)
In the 2012 London Olympics, Vijay Kumar had to contend with severe cold and strong winds, as the range in which the 25-meter rapid fire pistol event takes place is not fully covered. He did well in the qualification round. After two days of qualification, he made it to the finals while finishing fourth. There was a lot of tension and pressure before the final. Earlier no other shooter of the country had reached this stage in rapid fire pistol shooting.
In the finals, Vijay Kumar had to score more or equal than China’s Feng Feng, Russia’s Alex Cleve, Germany’s Kristen Reits and Cuba’s Luras Pupo to become medal contenders. Each shooter had to shoot five shots in four seconds in this match. The player who hits the most hits becomes the champion in this match. A hit is considered only if a shot is aimed at 9.7 points or more. After the first interval, Vijay Kumar and China Fend had a score of 16 points and both of them were in second place, then in the last round, Vijay took the lead on Fang and won the silver medal. Vijay Kumar is the first and yet only shooter from India to win Olympic medal in pistol shooting
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