His calm attitude, superior focus, and dedication belie his age. Saurabh Chaudhary is not an ordinary soul, he is a champion in the making. Studying in class 11th, Saurabh is already an Asiad gold medallist.
Coming from a humble farming family to capturing the attention of the entire nation, Saurabh has come a long way. But, the journey has just begun. He has a really long way to go and many medals to win.
Today, we explore the life story in the comprehensive Saurabh Chaudhary’s biography!
Saurabh Chaudhary Biography
Date of Birth
11 May, 2002
Meerut, Uttar Pradesh
Amit Sheoran, Jaspal Rana
Jagmohan Singh and Brajesh Devi
Saurabh comes from a farming family based in Kalina village. His father, Jagmohan Singh, is a farmer and his mother, Brajesh Devi, is a homemaker. He has two elder siblings- one brother, Nitin, and one sister, Sakshi.
“I like farming. We don’t get much time off from training but whenever I do, I go back to my Village (Kalina) and help my father. I did not feel any pressure”, he told the Indian Express.
Saurabh’s family has always been his biggest support, even when he chose the path less taken. No wonder then that he has stayed connected to his roots and is proud to call himself a farmer.
Saurabh started shooting around three years back and in a very short time, he has become an Indian shooting star. His potential and talent is visible to all. He started training at Amit Sheoran’s Academy at Benoli.
Saurabh Chaudhary’s Shooting Journey
In 2017, Saurabh Chaudhary won the gold medal at the Asian Airgun Championships in the youth category.
The very same year, he came into the spotlight after defeating Jitu Rai in the finals of the KSS Shooting Championship.
ISSF World Cup and Youth Olympics
Saurabh Chaudhary is a star! He won a Gold medal in 10m Air Pistol Shooting event at @BuenosAires2018.
Hailing from Meerut, he started shooting in 2015 and at the age of 16 he won his first Asian Games Gold. Glad to know that he enjoys farming. pic.twitter.com/qc6azpErRS
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 21, 2018
At the ISSF Junior World Cup, Saurabh made a world record in the 10m air pistol junior category by scoring 243.7. The earlier record of 242.5 points was held by Wang Zehao from China.
Saurabh won the gold medal at the Youth Olympic Games in Oct 2018. He shot 244.2 and leapt ahead of Sung Yunho from Korea and Solari Jason from Switzerland who scored 236.7 and 215.6 points respectively. He donated his medal-winning pistol to the Olympic Museum in Switzerland.
“Saurabh donated the pistol to IOC as requested by the IOC staff in Argentina to be kept at Olympic headquarters in Switzerland (at Lausanne),” his coach Jaspal Rana told PTI.
Winning the gold medal at the Asian Games is definitely the highlight of Saurabh’s career. It was his first senior event, and he made a truly golden debut!
He beat World Champion, Tomoyuki Matsuda, in the final of the 10m air pistol event. Fellow India, Abhishek Verma, shared the podium with him by winning the bronze.
[Tweet “”Didn’t feel like I was in a different country. There was no pressure as such and just kept my cool. I was always excited about shooting. I practised hard, got the support of my family and coach also worked hard,” he told India Today.”]
New Star Born?
Saurabh Chaudhary wins the Gold Medal ? in Men’s 10m Air Pistol. He is just 16 !!
2 Yrs back he started shooting as hobby .. What a turnaround !
Congrats Saurabh ?Keep same focus & hard work intact.
A glorious long journey has just started for you. pic.twitter.com/7WqRsG9tLY
— Major Surendra Poonia (@MajorPoonia) August 21, 2018
“All of us are extremely happy for him as he made the entire country proud by winning the medal. His father was always apprehensive about him pursuing a career in shooting but he has proved himself in front of the entire world,” his ecstatic mother told the Times of India after his Asiad win.
“In the initial days, he used my pistol for shooting. Today, I have got my gurudakshina from him. He had the skill set to become a world-class shooter. I remember that even at that age, he was very calm and patient. He will now be aiming for a gold medal in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics,” Saurabh’s coach Amit Sheoran told TOI.
World Junior, Asian Games and Youth Olympic Games air pistol shooting champion Saurabh Chaudhary may just be 16 but he has donated his air pistol to @iocmedia to showcase it in it its headquarters in Lausanne. Photo and information courtesy: @jaspalrana2806 #Delight #Legacy pic.twitter.com/dybYfkAXBg
— G Rajaraman (@g_rajaraman) October 19, 2018
#SaurabhChaudhary brings home India's first gold in shooting at 10M Air Pistol event in #AsianGames. Congratulations to the 16-year-old shooter for putting up a scintillating match and winning it big. pic.twitter.com/UwrEvEO1vZ
— Shivraj Singh Chouhan (@ChouhanShivraj) August 21, 2018
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) August 21, 2018
Interesting Facts about Saurabh Chaudhary
- Saurabh’s favourite shooter is Abhinav Bindra. He is also his Olympic inspiration.
- After his Asiad gold, The Uttar Pradesh Government offered him a job and announced a cash prize of 50 lakh rupees.
- Saurabh has already sealed his position at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Looking at his golden trajectory, he is sure to get a podium finish and make the entire country proud.
- Saurabh’s dream holiday destination is Paris. His other hobbies include listening to music and watching movies.
- Saurabh is a big fan of Salman Khan and Deepika Padukone.
ISSF World Shooting Championships
|2018||Changwon, South Korea||10 m air pistol junior||Gold|
|2018||Changwon, South Korea||Mixed team 10 m air pistol junior||Bronze|
It doesn’t get any better ! ? ??
Saurabh Chaudhary won a GOLD medal, shot a world record of 245 points and secures Tokyo Olympics quota during the finals of 10m Air Pistol event at the ISSF Shooting World Cup. @Media_SAI #KreedOn #RifleShooter #ISSFWC #SaurabhChaudhary pic.twitter.com/J5hqiLJtMS
— KreedOn (@kreedonworld) February 25, 2019
|2019||New Delhi, India||10 m air pistol||Gold|
|2019||New Delhi, India||Mixed team 10 m air pistol||Gold|
|2018||Palembang, Indonesia||10 m air pistol||Gold|
|2018||Buenos Aires, Argentina||10 m air pistol||Gold|
ISSF Junior World Cup
|2018||Suhl, Germany||10 m air pistol||Gold|
|2018||Suhl, Germany||Mixed team 10 m air pistol||Gold|
The son of a farmer from a Meerut village, the talented #SaurabhChaudhary picked up the sport only three years ago but managed to outperform the 2010 world champion on his debut! #AsianGames2018 #AsianGames #AsianGames18 @asiangames2018 @Ra_THORe pic.twitter.com/0zdYBWBdIq
— The Better India (@thebetterindia) August 21, 2018
Smashing Victories ! ? ??
Apurvi Chandela and Saurabh Chaudhary made the nation proud by creating new world records in their respective categories at the ISSF World Cup. @apurvichandela #KreedOn #RifleShooter #ISSFWorldCup #SaurabhChaudhary #ApurviChandela #ISSF #Shooting pic.twitter.com/xM8VnNvTkU
— KreedOn (@kreedonworld) February 26, 2019
Diwali is not over! ???
Saurabh Chaudhary made sure that we continue our celebrations by winning a gold at the Asian Airgun Championship in 10m air pistol junior men’s event. @India_AllSports @indianshooting #KreedOn #saurabhchaudhary #Shooting #AsianAirGun #GoldClass pic.twitter.com/AXgVPwn12Z
— KreedOn (@kreedonworld) November 9, 2018
Constants in the world of “congratulations India”, we present you the duo Manu Bhaker and Saurabh Chaudhary. ??? @realmanubhaker @India_AllSports https://t.co/PhltnrFH9p#KreedOn #manubhaker #SaurabhChaudhary #shooting #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/FIxczsUBXC
— KreedOn (@kreedonworld) November 10, 2018
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