Deepak Kumar – The medal winning 10m air shooter from India

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Highlights

  • 30-year old Deepak Kumar won the silver medal at the 2018 Jakarta Palembang Asian Games. His unexpected feat bought a lot of cheer in the country.
  • The Delhi lad is far from a typical sportsperson. He is a Sanskrit scholar, who practices yoga.
  • Working with the Indian Air Force, Deepak is a Sergeant now. He got the opportunity to try shooting at his work.
  • His international journey started with World Championships bronze in 2017. Earlier this year, he topped it off with another bronze at the ISSF World Cup.
  • Now, with the Asiad silver in his kitty, the spiritual sportsman is all set on to conquer the shooting world!

Shooting has always been India’s strength. Our talented shooters have won accolades in various events like Olympics, Commonwealth Games, and Asian Games. Even in the ongoing Jakarta Asiads, the account has already been opened. Ravi Kumar and Apurvi Chandela won the first medal in shooting, and now Deepak Kumar has added another one to the tally, as a 10m air shooter for India. He won the silver medal in the 10m air rifle mixed team event.

Deepak Kumar is fairly an unknown face. Hence, we decided to dig a little deeper. Let us take a sneak peek into the life of this spiritual sportsman.

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Silver-medallist Deepak Kumar at the Asiads

Deepak Kumar -The 10m air shooter

There are some people who are born with a dream and others that discover theirs along the path. Most of the sportsmen and women start young. However, there are others who discover their passion very unexpectedly. Such is the case with India’s newest shooting champion, Deepak Kumar.

 

Quick Facts

Birth Date: 5 November 1987

Place of Birth: Delhi, India

Sport: Shooting

Event: 10-metre air rifle

Parents: Raj Kumar and Vimla Devi

Coach: Manoj Kumar

 

Family Background

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Deepak Kumar (in white kurta) with his parents Raj Kumar and Vimla Devi and his siblings

Deepak’s parents Raj Kumar and Vimla Devi have always supported him in all his endeavors. His father works in the Delhi tourism department and his mother is a housewife. They both believe that it is important to find your calling in life and gave Deepak the freedom to do so.

“His memory is so sharp that he remembers almost all his scores and scoresheets. A year ago, we had a hawan at home and he recited the shlokas before the priest. He says training is like reciting the shlokas again and again and shooting the same scores, again and again” , his proud mother told the Indian Express.

The soft-spoken and humble Deepak was a very naughty child. Hard to imagine, isn’t it? Deepak’s parents wanted him to experience traditional Indian education. They felt that living in the city will not help him gain much-needed focus in life. They sent him to a gurukul in Dehradun.

Early Life and Training

Deepak first started shooting as a student. It was the year 2004. He tried archery as well, but suffered from a lot of injuries. It was during his time with the Air Force that he actually discovered shooting.

Currently, coach Manoj Kumar is training him. Even though Deepak started his shotting career a little late, both the coach and his pupil are sure that he has a long road ahead.

“He is a senior shooter in terms of age and sometimes he did not have belief in his abilities. He has to be told about his strengths.”

 

Interesting Facts about Deepak Kumar

  • Deepak first tried his hand at pistol shooting. Later, he switched to rifle.
  • Deepak is employed with the Indian Air Force. He is serving as the Air Force Sergeant right now.
  • He is inspired by fellow shooter Jaspal Rana. When Deepak visited Rana’s shooting academy, he was hooked to the sport and decided to take it up professionally.
  • Deepak has represented Uttarakhand in archery at the national level competitions.
  • Deepak has studied in a Gurukul in Dehradun. He is a Sanskrit master.
  • He is very spiritual. During his stay at the gurukul, Deepak studied Vedas, Sanskrit language, and yoga. He believes that this training o over a decade helped him gain focus and motivation.

 

Journey

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Shooter Deepak Kumar in action

2017 – Commonwealth Championships

The Commonwealth Championships of 2017 will always be extremely special for Deepak. He made his mark at the international level by winning a bronze in the 10-meter air rifle event.

2018 – ISSF World Cup

Then, came the ISSF World Cup. In this tournament, he competed with Mehuli Ghosh in the 10-meter air rifle mixed team event.

They both shot 435.1 in the final to bring home the bronze medal. Alin Moldoveanu and Laura-GeorgetaComan from Romania won the silver, whereas the Chinese pair of Xu Hong and Chen Keduo got the yellow metal.

2018 – Asian Games

 

Deepak captured the imagination of the entire nation by winning the silver in the 10-meter air rifle at the Jakarta Asian Games. He was competing with fellow competitor, Ravi, who is his friend.

“When we are shooting, we do not think of anything. We are deep friends and spend a lot of time together. But this is their own game of everyone”, said Deepak.

Both the athletes are mature him to stay together and train together. It is very heartening to see such a healthy team spirit. This is how the Indian Olympic gold medalist shooter, Abhinav Bindra  congratulated Deepak.

Even our President and SAI came forward and congratulated the whole shooting team on their amazing performance on twitter.

Deepak Kumar : Calm and positive

Deepak’s days at the gurukul have truly changed his perspective on life. He believes in sharing his knowledge with others, but he used to be a very short-tempered person earlier. Several instances in early life made him realize how anger is futile. Today, he is calm and composed even at a competition of this magnitude. The Asiad silver is a result of this focus.

It is very heartening to come across an enriched person like Deepak Kumar. He has a positive attitude that will take him a long way. As we congratulate him on his amazing feat, we hope that this is just the beginning of better things. Cheers!

 

List of Achievements

Asian Games

YearPlaceEventMedal
2018Jakarta-Palembang10 m air rifleSilver

ISSF World Cup

YearPlaceEventMedal
2018Guadalajara10 m air rifle mixed teamBronze

Commonwealth Championships

YearPlaceEventMedal
2017Brisbane10 m air rifleBronze

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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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