“The first Indian to qualify for the London Olympics, where he finished with Bronze medal.”
6 May 1983
180 cm / 5′ 9”
95 kg / 209 lb
Gagan Narang Family and Education
Gitanjali Senior School, Hyderabad
Osmania University, Hyderabad
Bachelor of Computer Application
Bhimsen Narang (Retired Chief Manager, Air India)
Highlights From Gagan Narang’s Career
When nobody sees what special we have, our parents do. Same happened with just two-year-old Gagan Narang, while his father showed early sparks of his shooting ability when he shot a balloon with a toy pistol. Later,
He always loved to shoot some damn targets in the backyard of his home, and when his father gifted him an air piston, his shooting level didn’t took many days to reach at the peak.
Then, his first major medal comes as a gold in the Afro Asian games, in Hyderabad on 26 October 2003 in Men’s 10m air rifle competition.after which his rifle never missed a single chance to make a perfect shot. whether it would be a gold medal at the World Cup 2006. or four golds at 2006 Commonwealth Games.
He also qualified for the 2008 ISSF World Cup Final after winning a gold in the World Cup in China earlier in 2008.
In that qualification round, Narang succeed to shot a perfect 600, which helped him to put his name in the universe record with the score of 703.5 out of which he scored 103.5 in only final round of the shooting.
Records? If we talk about them, then Gagan Narang has a history. Yes, whether it was a pre-Olympic event in Hannover, Germany, where he shot air rifle score higher than the world record, 704.3 as opposed to 703.1 set by Thomas Farnik of Austria in the World Cup 2006, or it was his perfect 600, at 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, where also he added four gold medals in the Indian tally.
Gagan Narang also clinched a silver medal in his pet event at the Asian Games 2010, where he also combined with Abhinav Bindra and Sanjeev Rajput to provide the country with another silver, in the team event behind champions China. Both of his silvers were won on the opening day of Asian Games.
Basically Gagan Narang is himself an era, how never ever missed a chance to win medals for his country, in any kind of International, or national tournament.
Then in 2012 London Olympics, he was the first Indian to qualify, and to win a Medal (Bronze) in the Men’s 10 m Air Rifle Event with a final score of 701.1 on 30 July 2012, where he was just behind the silver medallist Niccolo Campriani of Italy who scored 701.5, and the gold man, Alin George Moldoveanu of Romania was at 702.1
But unfortunately, he didn’t qualify for the men’s 50m rifle event’s final at Royal Artillery Barracks.
Later, at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Gagan Narang won one silver and one bronze medal in 50-metre rifle prone and 50-metre rifle 3 positions respectively.
While in 2017, he won his first medal, Silver at Commonwealth Championships, Brisbane in the Men’s 50m Rifle Prone Event. And I think we will see some good performance from this all-time champ, Olympic bronze medallist in the upcoming games.
Achievements and Awards
2005 Commonwealth Championships, Melbourne – Gold (10m Air Rifle.)
2005 Commonwealth Championships, Melbourne – Gold (10m Air Rifle Pair.)
2005 Commonwealth Championships, Melbourne – Silver (10m Air Rifle Badge.)
2006 Asian Games, Doha – Bronze (10m Air Rifle Team.)