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Gagan Narang Bio


Gagan Narang  is an ace Indian shooter, especially in Air rifle shooting, supported by the Olympic Gold Quest. He is the first Indian to qualify for the London Olympics. He won the Bronze Medal in the Men's 10 m Air Rifle Event at the 2012 London Olympics with a final score of 701.1 (Qualification - 598, Final Phase - 103.1)

 

Gagan Narang added 4 gold medals to the Indian tally at the recently concluded 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 provide the country with another silver, in the team event behind champions China. Both of his silves were won on the opening day of Asian Games

 

Gagan Narang is a gold medalist in the Afro Asian games, 2003 in Hyderabad on October 26, 2003 in Men's 10m air rifle competition. He had won an air rifle gold medal at the World Cup 2006 and followed that event in April 2008.

 

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 qualified for the 2008 ISSF World Cup Final after he won a bronze 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 world record. On November 4, 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.

 

Gagan 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. Gagan was just behind the silver medallist who scored 701.5, while the gold medallist was at 702.1.

 

He won four Gold medals (Men's 10m Air Rifle, Men's 50m Rifle 3 Positions, 10m Air Rifle (Pairs) and Men's 50m Rifle 3 Positions (Pairs), the last two in partnership with Abhinav Bindra at 2006 Commonwealth Games. He contested in three events at the 2008 Summer Olympics, but failed to reach the finals in any.

 

Gagan Narang's family hails from Panipat in Haryana. His grandfather lived at Samalkha in Panipat district, later on family shifted to Hyderabad.

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