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Gagan Narang Biography: The Golden Glorious Tale of India’s Best Shooter

“When kids my age were picking up toy cars, I used to buy toy guns.”Gagan Narang

When he was just 2 years old he shot a balloon with a toy gun. That was a sign of greater things to follow and yes they did! From toy guns to real rifles, the transition was quite extraordinary.

One of the best rifle shooters in the world, Gagan Narang has had a long and exciting career. His golden run at the start of his career, the newfound focus on training new shooters, and the strong will to continue shooting is commendable.

Today we explore all these and many more of such aspects in Gagan Narang’s biography.

Gagan Narang Biography

About Athlete
Full Name
Gagan Narang
Age
37 years
Sport Category
Rifle Shooting
Date of Birth
6 May 1983
Hometown
Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Height
1.8 m
Parent
Bhimsen Narang and Amarjit

Family Background

Gagan Narang with his parents

Gagan with his parents. Image Source: Rediff

Born to Punjabi parents, Bhimsen and Amarjit Narang, Gagan grew up in Chennai. His father is a retired Chief Manager of Air India. Though originally from Panipat in Haryana, the family shifted when his father was transferred to Chennai.

It was his father who introduced Gagan to an air pistol in 1997. Right from his childhood, he had an inclination of Gagan’s talent. He built a shooting arena in their home for Gagan to practice.

Gagan Narang shooting journey

gagan narang
Source: The Hindu Business Line

In 2003, Narang won the gold medal at the Afro Asian Games in Hyderabad. He won the award in men’s 10m air rifle competition. This golden spree continued with air rifle gold medal at the 2006 World Cup.

The 2006 Commonwealth was very special for Narang with a staggering tally of four gold medals. He also won the top honours at the 2008 World cup in China. Subsequently, he qualified for the 2008 ISSF World Cup Final.

The next edition of the Commonwealth Games, the 2010 New Delhi Games, were again truly golden for Narang. Again, he won four gold medals. He also shot a perfect score of 600 in the 10 m air rifles singles event and set a new record.

 

On the opening day of the Asian Games, Narang won a silver medal.

At the London Olympics, Narang scripted his name in history, as well as the hearts of all Indians,  by winning the bronze medal in the 10 m air rifle event with a score of 701.1.

 

“This is the only medal I didn’t have in my cabinet, so now I can pin it on there,” he told The Hindu Business Line in an interview after his victory.

Also Read: The Incredible Journey of Indian Shooting

Interesting Facts about Gagan Narang

  • Narang works with Air India as an Assistant Manager.
  • At the 2012 Indian Grand Prix, he was invited to wave the chequered flag.
  • He was the flag bearer at the 2010 Asian Games.

  • Narang is supported by the Olympic Gold Quest.
  • Barack Obama, former US President, has always been a huge inspiration for Narang. Legendary boxer, Muhammad Ali, is another of his icons.
  • Narang’s hobbies include playing table tennis and cricket. He also follows tennis, and Roger Federer is his favourite sportsperson.
  • Narang is a big fan of Chinese food.
  • His favourite actresses are Nicole Kidman and Penelope Cruz.
  • Narang’s favourite destination in the world is Langkawi in Malaysia.
  • Photography has become a passion for Narang. In an interview with the DNA, he spoke about his new love.

“The one per cent [important thing] is photography. Whenever I get little time, I just go out in the jungle. Everybody knows that they can either find me at the range, or they can never find me at all because I’m always in the jungle and out of network otherwise.”

Some of the amazing clicks shared by Narang on Twitter-

  • Narang was really hurt after being ignored time and again for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award. In fact, he threatened to boycott the 2010 Commonwealth Games to protest. It was at the insistence of his family and friends that he changed his mind. Finally, in 2011, he received the most prestigious sporting award in the country at the hands of then President, Pratibha Patil.

Guns for Glory

guns for glory
Source: Bharatstudent

After an extremely successful career, Narang wants to take the role of a mentor now. With this aim in life, he has started the academy Guns for Glory in Pune, Maharashtra. Now there are 16 training centres across the country under the brand.

“Not just shooting, across all sports, there are so many young athletes. I am happy to play a small part in their success. I am looking forward to some great performances from the young guns,” he told the Hindu.

He has also partnered on a project- Project Leap, to offer top-class training facilities and infrastructure to the top talent from Guns for Glory.

Achievements

Awards

  • Padma Shree Award, 2011
  • Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, 2011

Olympics

Year Place Event Medal
2012 London, UK 10 m air rifle Bronze

 

ISSF World Medal Tally

Championship Event Place Year Medal
ISSF World Shooting Championships 10 m air rifle Munich, Germany 2010 Bronze
ISSF World Cup 50 m rifle 3 positions Changwon, China 2009 Gold
ISSF World Cup 10 m air rifle Changwon, China 2009 Bronze
ISSF World Cup Final 10 m air rifle Bangkok, Thailand 2008 Gold
ISSF World Cup 10 m air rifle Beijing, China 2008 Bronze
ISSF World Cup 10 m air rifle Guangzhou, China 2006 Gold

 

World Championships

Year Place Event Medal
2010 Munich, Germany 10 m air rifle Bronze

 

Commonwealth Championships

Year Place Event Medal
2005 Melbourne, Australia 10 m air rifle Gold
2005 Melbourne, Australia 10 m air rifle pairs Gold
2005 Melbourne, Australia 10 m air rifle badge Silver
2010 Delhi, India 10 m air rifle Gold
2010 Delhi, India 10 m air rifle pairs Gold
2010 Delhi, India 10 m air rifle badge Gold
2010 Delhi, India 50 m rifle 3 positions pairs Gold
2010 Delhi, India 50 m rifle prone pairs Gold
2010 Delhi, India 50 m rifle prone badge Gold
2010 Delhi, India 50 m rifle 3 positions Silver
2010 Delhi, India 50 m rifle prone Silver
2017 Brisbane, Australia 50 m rifle prone Silver

 

Asian Games

Year Place Event Medal
2006 Doha, Qatar 10 m air rifle team Bronze
2006 Doha, Qatar 50 m rifle 3 positions individual Bronze
2006 Doha, Qatar 50 m rifle 3 positions team Bronze
2010 Guangzhou, China 10 m air rifle individual Silver
2010 Guangzhou, China 10 m air rifle team Silver

 

Commonwealth Games

Year Place Event Medal
2006 Melbourne, Australia 10 m air rifle individual Gold
2006 Melbourne, Australia 10 m air rifle pairs Gold
2006 Melbourne, Australia 50 m rifle 3 positions individual Gold
2006 Melbourne, Australia 50 m rifle 3 positions pairs Gold
2010 Delhi, India 10 m air rifle individual Gold
2010 Delhi, India 10 m air rifle pairs Gold
2010 Delhi, India 50 m rifle 3 positions individual Gold
2010 Delhi, India 50 m rifle 3 positions pairs Gold
2014 Glasgow, Scotland 50 m rifle prone Silver
2014 Glasgow, Scotland 50 m rifle 3 positions Bronze

 

Gagan Narang Net Worth

After his historic Olympic bronze medal, Narang won numerous cash prizes and other goodies. Some of them are US$140,000 by Haryana state government, US$70,000 by Andhra Pradesh government, US$70,000 by Rajasthan, US$28,000 by Steel ministry of India, and 2 kg of gold by Sahara India Pariwar.

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Mamta Thatte
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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