India's medal winning shooter Gagan Narang celebrates his birthday today. We give you some interesting facts about the athlete:
The 33-year-old took to shooting when his father presented him an air pistol in 1997.
The Indian shooting ace has booked a quota for 2016 Rio Olympic Games by bagging the bronze medal in the 50m rifle prone event of the ISSF World Cup at Fort Benning, USA, in May 2015.
He finished 12th in the 10m Air Rifle at the 2004 Athens Olympics and 9th at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
The Hyderabad-based shooter was the first Indian to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics.
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 becoming India's first medal winner at the event.
He won a gold medal at the Afro-Asian Games in 2003 in 20m Air Rifle Shooting
He won the gold medal at the World Cup 2006 in Air Rifle Shooting where he also broke the world record score of 703.1 with his 704.3.
He won the bronze medal at the World Cup 2008 at China also qualifying for the ISSF World Cup 2008 Final.
Gagan Narang added 4 gold medals to the Indian tally at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi.
Gagan Narang won two silvers on the opening day of Asian Games 2010.
He won one silver medal and one bronze medal in 50-metre rifle prone and 50-metre rifle 3 position respectively at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Narang in February this year set a new national record when he fired a score of 628.9 in the 50m Air Rifle event at the South Asian Games in Guwahati.
The Olympic medallist has achieved the number one spot in men's 50m rifle prone shooting category in Asia.
In recognition with his achievements, the marksman was conferred the Padma Shree Award in 2011.
He was also selected for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award for 2010. This is the highest sports award in the country.
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