Vijay Kumar (sport shooter)

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Vijay Kumar
Personal information
Nationality Indian
Born (1985-08-19) 19 August 1985 (age 29)
Harsour, Hamirpur
Himachal Pradesh, India
Sport
Country India
Sport Shooting

Subedar Major Vijay Kumar AVSM, SM (19 August 1985 - ) is a sport shooter from India. He won the silver medal in the individual 25 metre rapid fire pistol event at the 2012 Summer Olympics.[1] Kumar hails from Barsar village of Hamirpur district of Himachal Pradesh and is a serving Subedar Major (Warrant Officer Class I) in the Dogra Regiment (16th Battalion) Indian Army.[2] Vijay Kumar is supported by the Olympic Gold Quest initiative. He has been posted at Army Marksmanship Unit (AMU) Mhow since 2003 where he is being coached by the Russian Pavel Smirnov.

Shooting career[edit]

2006 - 2009[edit]

At the 2006 Commonwealth Games, he won two gold medals: the individual 25 meter rapid fire pistol competition and the pairs competition in the same event together with Pemba Tamang. The same year, he won a bronze medal in the Asian Games despite actually finishing fourth because of a rule that prevented China from winning all three medals. [1] The next year, he finished second at the Asian Championship in 25 metre center-fire pistol.

He also won a silver medal at the 2009 ISSF World Cup Beijing in rapid fire pistol, where he was defeated by 0.1 points.

2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games[edit]

In the 2010 Commonwealth Games, held in the capital of his home country, he won three gold medals and one silver.

The list of events are as follows:

Gold Medals

1. 25 metre rapid fire pistol pairs

Gurpreet Singh and Vijay Kumar scored 1162 points in the 25m event setting a new Commonwealth games record on 7 October 2010.

. 25 metre rapid fire pistol singles

He scored 787.5(583 in qualifying and 204.5 in the final round) to ensure the rapid fire pistol gold for the Indian team on 8 October 2010. These scores bettered the previous Games Records of 581(qualifying) and 778.2(total) also set by him in the 2006 edition of the Commonwealth Games held at Melbourne, Australia.

3. 25-metre centre fire pistol pairs

He and Harpreet Singh scored 586 and 573 respectively to give a total of 1159 points for the pairs event held on 9 October 2010. —He won a silver medal in London Olympics 2012 in 25 metre rapid fire pistol event.

Silver Medals

1. 25-metre centre fire pistol singles

He scored a 574 to bag the silver medal at the event held on 10 October 2010. The Gold was bagged by fellow Indian Harpreet Singh who scored 580.

2012 London Olympics[edit]

Kumar won the Silver Medal in the 25 m rapid fire pistol event at 2012 London Olympics.[3] He finished with an average score of 9.767. Kumar has a score of 293 with 7 inner 10s in the first stage. Vijay's silver was the second medal for India at London 2012.[4]

Earlier Kumar had failed to qualify for the men's 10 m air pistol finals after finishing 31st on 28 July 2012.[5]

Performance timelines[edit]

25 metre rapid fire pistol[edit]

2002 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Olympic Games Not held Not held 2 Silver
World Championships Not held 34th
569
Not held
Asian Games/AC 4th
577+198.3
14th
566
Commonwealth Games Not held 1 Gold
581+197.2
Not held
World Cup 1 19th
575
35th
561
10th
577
World Cup 2 12th
576
34th
567
8th
580
2 Silver
581+199.4
World Cup 3 37th
568
14th
572
15th
577
16th
576
World Cup 4 38th
560
25th
573
40th
567
33rd
562
21st
572
World Cup Final NQ NQ NQ yes Qualified

25 metre center-fire pistol[edit]

2006 2007
World Championships 27th
577
Not held
Asian Games/AC 9th
580
2 Silver
582
Commonwealth Games Not held

25-metre standard pistol[edit]

2007
World Championships Not held
Asian Games/AC 12th
562
Commonwealth Games Not held Olympics 12 Not held

10 metre air pistol[edit]

2005
Olympic Games Not held
World Championships 2nd
Asian Games/AC
Commonwealth Games Not held
World Cup 1
World Cup 2
World Cup 3 89th
560
World Cup 4 73rd
564
World Cup Final NQ

Awards and Recognitions[edit]

  • Padma Shri - announced in the Republic Day 2013 award list.
  • Arjuna Award, 2007.[2]

Military Decorations:

  • Ati Vishisht Seva Medal (AVSM) - announced in the Republic Day 2013 award list.
  • Sena Medal (SM)
For the Silver medal at 2012 London Olympics
  • INR1 crore (US$160,000) cash award by the Himachal Government.[7]
  • INR50 lakh (US$82,000) cash award by the Rajasthan Government.[8]
  • 3 kg of Gold by Shimoga Gold Palace.
  • INR2.5 million (US$41,000) by Rifle Association of India.
  • Promotion from Subedar to Subedar Major by the Indian Army.

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