Anjum Moudgil Biography: Artist at Heart, Lethal Shooter on Field

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Love what you do and you will never work for a single day in your life. Following your passion and becoming truly successful in it is not easy. The road may be filled with obstacles, but the rewards are incomparable. That is what Anjum Moudgil has always believed.

“Fall in love with the process and the results will come.”

Very often, we get so overwhelmed with the results that we tend to forget that the process is an equally important part of the journey. Enjoying each and every aspect of the journey, including both, the ups and the downs, shapes a person into a champion. No wonder that Anjum is turning out to be an inspiring shooter. This young girl from Punjab has time and again proven that if you are true to your work, no obstacle can stop you.

Did you know that Anjum Moudgil is an extremely talented artist as well. She expresses herself beautiful on the canvas. In fact, her paintings are purchased by many well-known clients. Through this article, we will explore the myriad aspects of her life, her motivating life story, achievements, and many more interesting facts.

About Athlete
Full Name
Anjum Moudgil
Age
25
Sport Category
Shooting, Air Rifle
Date of Birth
5 January 1994
Hometown
Chandigarh, India
Height
165
Weight
69
Coach
Deepali Deshpande
Parent
Sudershan Moudgil and Shubh Moudgil

Anjum Moudgil- Biography

The Struggle

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After Anjum finished her NCC training, the next couple of years were a little hard for her. Since she wasn’t with the NCC, she couldn’t get the weapons from them. That time she didn’t any sponsor as well. The struggle affected her performance as well. On top of all this, she was plagued with injuries. Anjum did not let these factors affect her morale. She took help from a Chandigarh-based physio, and got back in the game much stronger. When she became a part of the Indian juniors team, things drastically changed for her and her career took off.

Journey

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Anjum Moudgil first started shooting in 2009 and went on to become part of the Indian shooting team in 2010. In September 2014, she represented India in World Shooting Championship in Spain.

Commonwealth Games 2018

At the 2018 Commonwealth Games, Anjum won a silver medal by scoring 455.7 points – 151.9 points in kneeling and 157.1 in prone. She displayed her immense talent by shattering the qualifying score record. She scored a total of 589 points (196 in kneeling, 199 in prone, and 194 in standing).

Asian Games 2018

Unfortunately, Anjum couldn’t qualify for the finals of the Jakarta Palembang Asian Games 2018 as she finished 9th in the qualifications. It was quite a heart-breaking tournament for her. She represented India in the 50 m three position shooting event.

“Missing out on a medal at the Asian Games was a disappointment but then it was due to one bad series. We came here on the 23rd and it meant I could spend the last 3-4 day training at the 10m Air Rifle range. A medal here in the 10m Air Rifle event was one of the targets. I missed the final at the World Cup held here earlier this year but that helped me understand the conditions here,” Moudgil told the Indian Express.

ISSF

At the ISSF World Cup 2018, Anjum won the silver medal in women’s 50m rifle 3 positions event. The podium finish was doubly special as it ensured a Tokyo Olympics 2020 berth for her. Hana Im from Korea won the top-most honour and Eunhea Jung from Korea as well, won the bronze medal in the event.

Anjum Moudgil Coach

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Anjum’s coach, Deepali Deshpande, has played a major role in shaping young Anjum’s career. It was because of her guidance and firm belief in Anjum’s talent, that she decided to pursue shooting as a career seriously.

“I used to enjoy shooting but I was still not very serious about shooting as a career. Because I never had a coach, I never knew how it is to work with a coach. So asking seniors was okay with me. But when I saw others having personal coaches and shooting well, it was my luck that [Deshpande] got into the Indian team as a coach and everything changed. She knew how to build up our basics and our technique. So that’s when we started shooting seriously as coach and student,” she told the Scroll.in.

Family 

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Anjum’s mother, Shubh, is an university-level shooter and introduced her to shooting. Initially, she started with a pistol but found more success with a rifle. Her father, Sudershan Moudgil, is an advocate. Anjum is trained as a NCC cadet under Unit Commander Colonel Chauhan. Her mother wanted Anjum to join the NCC to develop her overall personality. It was in NCC that Anjum first tried shooting. Initially, she learnt from her seniors as she didn’t have a personal coach. Anjum was always extremely receptive of their advice and suggestions. No wonder that she soon developed a superior technique.

Anjum Moudgil Net Worth

No exact information about Anjum’s assets is available. She has won over 100 national and 20 international medals. Anjum has received prize money from the government as well. After her double gold feat at the South Asian Games in 2016, the Sports Ministry awarded her a prize money of Rs. 5 lakh. Punjab state government awarded her with prize money of 50 lakh for her Commonwealth silver in shooting.

Interesting Facts

  • She is an abstract painter. She doodles to calm down and focus as well. Sells her paintings—displayed at many shooters’ clubs in Chandigarh as well. She would love to pursue a career in creative designing.
  • She loves to relax with a game of tennis as well.
  • Anjum works as a sub-inspector with the Punjab Police.

  • Anjum completed her Master’s degree in Sports Psychology in 2017. The course helped her better understand the relationship between a coach and an athlete. She also discovered newer methods to deal with stress.
  • Anjum is sponsored by the GoSports Foundation since 2014. The organization has helped her avail the right nutritionists and manage all financial expenses. “The best part about them [GoSports] is that they help athletes on junior level when the person is still unknown without any medal and they provide all the required support to him/her in the journey of becoming a medalist in the future for India,” she told the DNA.

Achievements

World Championships

YearPlaceEventMedal
2018Changwon, South Korea10 m Air RifleSilver
2018Changwon, South Korea10m Team Air RifleSilver

 

Commonwealth Games

YearPlaceEventMedal
2018Gold Coast, Australia50 m Rifle 3 PositionsSilver

 

Commonwealth Shooting Championships

YearPlaceEventMedal
2017Brisbane, Australia10 m Air RifleSilver
2017Brisbane, Australia50 m Rifle ProneBronze

 

Social Media

Multi-talented Anjum Moudgil busy painting

Some of Anjum’s stellar paintings-

Anjum’s humility and dedication towards her sport is very obvious. These qualities are sure to take her ahead in her field. She has already secured an Olympic berth. Now mission 2020 has begun for her. We cannot to see her bring the coveted Olympic medal for the country and continue making us proud! We would like to conclude by quoting Anjum from her interview with ESPN,

“If you want to win a gold medal, you really aren’t competing against the shooters next to you. You are only fighting against yourself.”

This simple sentence is equally powerful. Keep inspiring us Anjum- with your game, your words, and your paintings!

A passionate foodie, a versatile writer, and now a sports enthusiast, Mamta is always open to exploring new avenues. She has a vast experience in Web Content Writing, Editing, and Social Media Management. A self-confessed coffee and dark chocolate addict, she believes in following her heart and giving her 100% into everything she does.

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