Ace Shooter Gagan Narang has been flying the Indian Tricolour high for over a decade now and is a national sports icon. From earning World Cup medals to reaching the heights of the rankings to winning an Olympic medal – the 37-year-old has done it all.
The Indian shooter had to overcome Beijing’s heartbreak and won the shooting medal for the country in the London 2012 Olympics and also went on to add more glories to his already won medals and trophies cabinet.
He has overcome numerous hurdles in his career to accomplish his goals and gave inspiration to many Indians to follow shooting and pursue a career in it.
Here some intresting facts about Gagan Narang:
Gagan Narang inspired by British Agent James Bond
Gagan Narang is a fan of James Bond Movies and took up shooting after getting motivated by him. He turned his focus on shooting after his father gifted a toy pistol, who disclosed that Gagan’s first spark in the shooting was noticeable when he shot balloons with his toy pistol.
Gagan Narang at Commonwealth Games
Gagan was playing his third Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. In 2006 Melbourne games and 2010 Delhi games, he has won 4 gold medals each edition.
While he was very dissatisfied with his performance in Glasgow as he could only win a silver and a bronze medal 50-metre rifle prone and 50-metre rifle 3 position respectively. This was the first time he didn’t win a medal in 10m air rifle in his three CWG appearance.
Gagan Narang medal at London Olympics
He was the first Indian shooter to qualify in the 2012 London Olympics. He won a bronze medal in the men’s 10m air rifle discipline becoming India’s first medal winner at the 2012 games.
Gagan missed silver medal by 0.4 points as Niccolo Campriani of Italy scored 701.5 while Alin George Moldoveanu of Romania shot 702.1 to win Gold medal.
Gagan Narang at Asian Games
If something is missing from Gagan Narang trophy cabinet then it is Asian Games Gold medal. He won 3 bronze medals in 2006 Doha Asian games and 2 silver medals in the Guangzhou Games.
GunForGlory Shooting Academy
This academy was founded by Gagan and Pawan Singh, who is an assistant coach of the Indian shooting team. This academy started with a goal to stimulate shooting sport in the country and is the first accepted shooting academy in India which is located at Shiv Chhatrapati Sports complex in Belewadi, Pune.
Gagan Narang produced world class shooter from his academy. Elavenil Valarivan, mentored by Gagan Narang, is currently world number one in 10m air rifle.
A day before his birthday in 2008, he shot world record in qualification with a score of 600/600. After 10 days on 16 May he shot 600/600 again and became only shooter to do so. (Pre 2013 records)
In 2011, Gagan Narang was awarded by the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, which is India’s highest sporting honour to players by former President Pratibha Patel on August 29. For his achievements, he was enticed to wave the chequered flag at the 2012 Indian Grand Prix, also awarded with prize money by the state government of Rajasthan, Haryana and Andhra Pradesh.