In the last few years a number of teenage shooters from India have risen to be counted among the world’s best. Manu Bhaker and Saurabh Chaudhary are two names from pistol while in rifle it’s Elavenil Valarivan and Divyansh Singh Panwar.
As Divyansh celebrates his 18th birthday today, we take a look at his career so far.
Growing from a PUBG gaming addict to a serious sports shooter, Divyansh first burst on to the scene in 2018 when he won 2 golds at the ISSF Junior World Cup at Suhl, notably a mixed Air Rifle gold with Elavenil. At the 2018 World Shooting Championships, he won a junior AR Mixed bronze with Shreya Agarwal.
He graduated to the senior circuit in 2019 replacing experienced shooters like Gagan Narang and Ravi Kumar. At the 2019 ISSF World Cup at Beijing, he won a silver and secured an Olympic quota for India. This was just his second major senior-level tournament.
Throughout 2019 he also won 3 ISSF Mixed AR golds with Anjum Moudgil. The duo outshone the more experienced pair of Deepak Kumar and Apurvi Chandela. Most impressive were Divyansh’s scores in the matches.
The biggest achievement in his career so far has been winning the gold at the prestigious ISSF World Cup Finals at Putian in 2019. At the event, the then 17-year old put up a stellar finals performance with a score of 250.1, beating some of the best AR shooters in the world in the process.
While Divyansh has already achieved a lot in his young career, he would no doubt be having his eyes set on the 2021 Olympics. We at FirstSportz wish him all the best for his future endeavors.