Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore

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Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore
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Born (1970-01-29) January 29, 1970 (age 44)
Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore
Medal record
Competitor for  India
Men's shooting
Olympic Games
Silver 2004 Athens Double trap
Commonwealth Games
Gold 2006 Melbourne Double trap individual
Silver 2006 Melbourne Double trap pairs
Gold 2002 Manchester Double trap individual
Gold 2002 Manchester Double trap pairs
Asian Games
Bronze 2006 Doha Double trap
Silver 2006 Doha Double trap teams
World Shotgun Championship
Bronze 2003 Cyprus Double trap individual
Asian Clay Target Championship
Gold 2006 Singapore Double trap individual
Gold 2005 Bangkok Double trap individual
Gold 2004 Bangkok Double trap individual
Gold 2003 New Delhi Double trap individual

Colonel Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore is an Indian shooter and politician, who rose to fame after winning the Silver Medal in Men's Double Trap at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens.[1] He is the first sportsperson to win an individual Silver for India since Norman Pritchard, who won two Silver Medals at the 1900 Paris Olympics.[2] Rathore hails from Jaisalmer, Rajasthan.

Rathore graduated from the National Defence Academy, and since served in the Indian Army where he retired as a Colonel in 2013, before joining politics. He is a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party.[3] He won his first Lok Sabha election in 2014 and is currently the Minister of State for Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (India) (reporting to Arun Jaitley ) under the Narendra Modi government.

Early life[edit]

Rathore born was Jaisalmer as grad father was posted there Rajasthan. He comes from a Rathore (bika) descendant of first king of Bikaner Rao Bikaji Rajput family based in Bikaner.[4][5]

Shooting career[edit]

At the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, Rathore won a Gold Medal and set a new Commonwealth Games Record of 192 targets out of 200, which still stands. He also won the Team Gold Medal along with Moraad Ali Khan. Rathore, went on to successfully defend his Commonwealth Champion title by winning the Gold Medal at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games in 2006. He also won the Silver in the Team event with Vikram Bhatnagar. He won Gold Medals in two World Shooting Championships, at Sydney in 2004 and Cairo in 2006.

Rathore rose to prominence when he won the Silver Medal for India at the 2004 Athens Olympics in Double Trap.

In 2006, Rathore won a Bronze Medal in the World Championship in Spain, an event held for the top 12 shooters of the world. He was ranked third in the world for the most of 2003 and 2004 and briefly climbed to the first in early 2004 and second after the Athens Olympics. He won a Bronze at the World Championship in 2003 for India after a gap of nearly 40 years. India had not seen a victory since Karni Singh of Bikaner, who won a Silver at the 1962 World shooting Championship in Cairo. Rathore is accredited for winning the Asian Clay Target Gold Medal for four times in a row from 2003 to 2006. He also holds an Individual Bronze Medal which at the Asian Games 2006 in Doha.

Between 2002 and 2006 he won 25 International Medals at various championships for Double Trap.

Political career[edit]

On 10 September 2013, Rathore joined Bharatiya Janata Party after taking voluntary retirement from the Indian Army.[6] He was elected as a MP in the 2014 Lok Sabha election from Jaipur Rural constituency.[7] On 9 November 2014, he was sworn-in as the Minister of state for Information & Broadcasting, under the Narendra Modi government. [8]

Awards and recognitions[edit]

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