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Gagan Narang
XIX Commonwealth Games-2010 Delhi Gagan Narang won the Gold medal in (Men’s) Shooting Rifle 50m pairs (cropped).jpg
Narang at the 2010 Commonwealth Games
Personal information
Nationality Indian
Born (1983-05-06) 6 May 1983 (age 39)
Madras, Tamil Nadu
Residence Hyderabad, Telangana
Occupation Rifle shooting
Medal record
Men's shooting
Representing  India
Olympic Games
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Bronze 2012 London 10 m air rifle
World Championships
Bronze 2010 Munich 10 m air rifle
Commonwealth Games
Gold 2006 Melbourne 10m Air Rifle individual
Gold 2006 Melbourne 10m Air Rifle (Pairs)
Gold 2006 Melbourne 50m Rifle 3 Positions individual
Gold 2006 Melbourne 50m Rifle 3 Positions (Pairs)
Gold 2010 Delhi 10m Air Rifle individual
Gold 2010 Delhi 10m Air Rifle (Pairs)
Gold 2010 Delhi 50m Rifle 3 Positions individual
Gold 2010 Delhi 50m Rifle 3 Positions (Pairs)
Silver 2014 Glasgow 50m Rifle Prone
Bronze 2014 Glasgow 50m Rifle 3 Positions
Asian Games
Silver 2010 Guangzhou 10 m air rifle individual
Silver 2010 Guangzhou 10 m air rifle team
Bronze 2006 Doha 10 m air rifle team
Bronze 2006 Doha 50 m rifle 3 positions individual
Bronze 2006 Doha 50 m rifle 3 positions team
Commonwealth Championships
Gold 2005 Melbourne 10 m air rifle
Gold 2005 Melbourne 10 m air rifle pairs
Gold 2010 Delhi 10 m air rifle
Gold 2010 Delhi 10 m air rifle pairs
Gold 2010 Delhi 10 m air rifle badge
Gold 2010 Delhi 50 m rifle 3 positions pairs
Gold 2010 Delhi 50 m rifle prone pairs
Gold 2010 Delhi 50 m rifle prone badge
Silver 2005 Melbourne 10 m air rifle badge
Silver 2010 Delhi 50 m rifle 3 positions
Silver 2010 Delhi 50 m rifle prone
Silver 2017 Brisbane 50 m rifle prone

Gagan Narang (born 6 May 1983) is an Indian sport shooter, supported by the Olympic Gold Quest. He won the bronze medal in the Men's 10 m Air Rifle Event at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London with a final score of 701.1 on 30 July 2012.

Early life and background

Gagan was born to Bhimsen Narang and his wife Amarjit, in a Punjabi Hindu Arora family in Chennai on 6 May 1983. His father is a retired chief manager of the Air India. Gagan's family hail from the Simla Gujran village of Haryana's Panipat district. However, his father's job assignments made them to shift from Panipat to Hyderabad, where he was brought up. He did his schooling from the Gitanjali Senior School. He attained his Bachelor of Computer Application degree from the Hyderabad's Osmania University. He took to shooting when his father presented him an air pistol in 1997. He went about perfecting his shooting skills at the backyard of his home in Begumpet. According to his father, Gagan showed early sparks of his shooting ability when, at the age of two, he shot a balloon with a toy pistol.

Career

Narang won a gold medal in the Afro Asian games, 2003 in Hyderabad on 26 October 2003 in Men's 10m air rifle competition. He won the Air Rifle Gold medal at the World Cup 2006 and followed it up with win in the event in April 2010.

In a pre-Olympic event in Hannover, Germany, Gagan shot an 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. Gagan Narang won 4 Gold medals at 2006 Commonwealth Games.

Narang qualified for the 2008 ISSF World Cup Final after he won a gold in the World Cup in China earlier in 2008. Gagan shot a perfect 600 in the qualification round. He scored 103.5 in the final round making total score of 703.5 to gain the universe record. On 4 November 2008, he broke Austria's Thomas Farnik's record, set in the 2006 World Cup final in Granada, Spain. Gagan said his win was special because Barack Obama, who won the United States' Presidential election on same day, was a source of inspiration.

Narang added 4 Gold medals to the Indian tally at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi. In the Men's 10 m Air Rifle singles event, he shot a perfect 600 which was a new record. Gagan also clinched a silver medal in his pet event at the Asian Games 2010. He also combined with Abhinav Bindra and Sanjeev Rajput to win the country another silver, in the team event behind champions, China. He won both of his silvers on the opening day of Asian Games.

Narang won the bronze medal in the 10m air rifle event at the 2012 London Olympics with a total score of 701.1 becoming India's first medal winner at the 2012 games. This win made his only the 3rd shooter from India to medal at the Olympics. Gagan was just behind the silver medallist Niccolo Campriani of Italy who scored 701.5, while the gold medallist Alin George Moldoveanu of Romania was at 702.1. However he failed to qualify for the finals of the men's 50-metre rifle three positions at the Royal Artillery Barracks.

Narang won 1 silver medal and 1 bronze medal in 50-metre rifle prone and 50-metre rifle 3 position respectively at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

ISSF World Medal Tally

No. Event Championship Year Place Medal
1 10m air rifle ISSF World Shooting Championships 2010 Munich 3
3 50m rifle 3 Positions ISSF World Cup 2009 Changwon 1
4 10m air rifle ISSF World Cup 2009 Changwon 3
5 10m air rifle ISSF World Cup Final 2008 Bangkok 1
6 10m air rifle ISSF World Cup 2008 Beijing 3
7 10m air rifle ISSF World Cup 2006 Guangzhou 1

World record

Current world records held in 10 m Air Rifle
Men Qualification 600  Tevarit Majchacheep (THA)
 Denis Sokolov (RUS)
 Gagan Narang (IND)
 Gagan Narang (IND)
 Zhu Qinan (CHN)
January 27, 2000
March 1, 2008
November 5, 2008
October 6, 2010
September 22, 2011
Langkawi (MAS)
Winterthur (SUI)
Bangkok (THA)
New Delhi (IND)
Wrocław (POL)
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Summer Olympics

Year Event Rank Notes
2004 Athens 10 m air rifle 12
2008 Beijing 10 m air rifle 9
50 m rifle Prone 35
50 m rifle three positions 13
2012 London 10 m air rifle 3
50 m rifle prone 18
50 m rifle three positions 20
2016 Rio 10 m air rifle 23
50 m rifle prone 13
50 m rifle three positions 33

Awards & Recognitions

In recognition with his achievements, Narang was conferred with the Padma Shree Award in 2011. Gagan Narang was selected for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award for 2010. This is the highest sports award in the country. He was conferred the award by then president Pratibha Patil on 29 August 2011. Also Gagan Narang was invited by the organisers of the Indian Grand Prix to wave the chequered flag in the 2012 Indian Grand Prix.

Awards for 2012 Olympics Bronze medal

  • INR10 million (US$170,000) cash prize by State Government of Haryana.
  • INR5 million (US$85,000) cash prize by the State Government of Andhra Pradesh.
  • INR5 million (US$85,000) cash prize by the State Government of Rajasthan.
  • INR2 million (US$34,000) cash prize by Steel Ministry of India.
  • 2 kg of gold by Sahara India Pariwar.
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