Gagan Narang

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Gagan Narang
Personal information
Nationality Indian
Born (1983-05-06) 6 May 1983 (age 32)
Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Residence Hyderabad, Telangana
Occupation Rifle shooting
This rifle is used by Gagan Narang.

Gagan Narang is an Indian shooter, in Air rifle shooting, supported by the Olympic Gold Quest. He was the first Indian to qualify for the London Olympics. He won the Bronze Medal in the Men's 10 m Air Rifle Event at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London with a final score of 701.1 on 30 July 2012.[2][3][4][5]

Early life and background[edit]

He was born in Chennai on 6 May 1983 in a Punjabi Arora family.He is of Punjabi origin though his fore-fathers moved out of Punjab long ago and his grandparents belonged to Samalkha in Village Shimla Gujran, Panipat district in Haryana(then Punjab). His grandfather then moved from Panipat to Hyderabad. His parents are Bhimsen Narang and Amarjit. Though Gagan Narang was born in Chennai, he was raised in Hyderabad. He later studied in Bhavan's Sri Ramakrishna Vidyalaya (BSRKV), and also at Gitanjali Senior School, Begumpet. He touched the gun for the first time at his age of six for shooting down balloons at Chennai Marina Beach carnival. His prowess at shooting was well brought out at that age which he sharpened later.. [ref]


Gagan Narang is a gold medalist in the Afro Asian games, 2003 in Hyderabad on 26 October 2003 in Men's 10m air rifle competition.[6] He had won an air rifle gold medal at the World Cup 2006 and followed that event in April 2010.

In a pre-Olympic event in Hannover, Germany, Gagan shot a panis air rifle score higher than the world record, 704.3 as opposed to 703.1 set by Thomas Farnik of Austria in the World Cup 2006. Gagan Narang won 4 gold medal at 2006 Commonwealth Games.

Gagan qualified for the 2008 ISSF World Cup Final after he won a gold in the World Cup in China earlier in 2008. Gagan shot a perfect 600 in the qualification round. He scored 103.5 in the final round making total score of 703.5 to gain the universe record.[7][8] On 4 November 2008 he broke Austria's Thomas Farnik's record, set in the 2006 World Cup final in Granada, Spain. Gagan said his win was special because Barack Obama, who won the United States' Presidential election on same day, was a source of inspiration.[9]

Gagan Narang added 4 gold medals to the Indian tally at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi. In the Men's 10 m air rifle singles event, he shot a perfect 600 which was a new record.[10] Gagan also clinched a silver medal in his pet event at the Asian Games 2010. He also combined with Abhinav Bindra and Sanjeev Rajput to provide the country with another silver, in the team event behind champions China. Both of his silvers were won on the opening day of Asian Games.[11]

Gagan Narang won the bronze medal[2] in the 10m air rifle event at the 2012 London Olympics with a total score of 701.1 becoming India's first medal winner at the 2012 games. Gagan was just behind the silver medallist Niccolo Campriani of Italy who scored 701.5, while the gold medallist Alin George Moldoveanu of Romania was at 702.1.[3] However he failed to qualify for the finals of the men's 50-metre rifle three positions at the Royal Artillery Barracks.[12]

Gagan Narang won 1 silver medal and 1 bronze medal in 50-metre rifle prone and 50-metre rifle 3 position respectively at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.[13][14]

ISSF World Medal Tally[edit]

No. Event Championship Year Place Medal
1 10m air rifle ISSF World Shooting Championships 2010 Munich 3rd
3 50m rifle 3 Positions ISSF World Cup 2009 Changwon 1st
4 10m air rifle ISSF World Cup 2009 Changwon 3rd
5 10m air rifle ISSF World Cup Final 2008 Bangkok 1st
6 10m air rifle ISSF World Cup 2008 Beijing 3rd
7 10m air rifle ISSF World Cup 2006 Guangzhou 1st

World record[edit]

Current world records held in 10 m Air Rifle
Men Qualification 600  Tevarit Majchacheep (THA)
 Denis Sokolov (RUS)
 Gagan Narang (IND)
 Gagan Narang (IND)
 Zhu Qinan (CHN)
January 27, 2000
March 1, 2008
November 5, 2008
October 6, 2010
September 22, 2011
Langkawi (MAS)
Winterthur (SUI)
Bangkok (THA)
New Delhi (IND)
Wrocław (POL)



In August 2010, Gagan had publicly expressed his displeasure after being ignored for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award thrice and he threatened to skip the 2010 Commonwealth Games due to lack of motivation.[15] However, intense pressure from his family and fans, he later decided to participate.[16]

Summer Olympics[edit]

Year Event Rank Notes
2004 Athens 10 m air rifle 12
2008 Beijing 10 m air rifle 9
50 m rifle Prone 35
50 m rifle three positions 13
2012 London 10 m air rifle 3rd
50 m rifle prone 18
50 m rifle three positions 20

Awards & Recognitions[edit]

In recognition with his achievements, Gagan Narang was conferred with the Padma Shree Award in 2011.[17] Gagan Narang was selected for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award for 2010. This is the highest sports award in the country.[18] He was conferred the award by then president Pratibha Patil on 29 August 2011.[19] Also Gagan Narang was invited by the organisers of the Indian Grand Prix to wave the chequered flag in the 2012 Indian Grand Prix.[20]

Awards for 2012 Olympics Bronze medal


  1. ^ "Who is Gagan Narang". Hindustan Times. 5 October 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-08. 
  2. ^ a b "Gagan Narang wins India's first medal at London 2012 Olympics". Retrieved 2012-07-30. 
  3. ^ a b "Olympics 2012: Gagan Narang shoots a bronze, India wins first medal". Retrieved 2012-07-30. 
  4. ^ "Olympics 2012: 10m Air Rifle Final Scores". Retrieved 2012-07-30. 
  5. ^ "Ten spectacular feats of Gagan Narang". Retrieved 30 July 2012. 
  6. ^ "Gagan Narang wins India's first gold". 26 October 2003.  a article about Afro-Asian Games
  7. ^ "Narang wins World Cup, sets world record". Times of India. 5 November 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-05. 
  8. ^ "Gagan Narang shoots to world record, wins world cup". IBN Live. 5 November 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-05. 
  9. ^ "Narang wins World Cup gold with new record". Rediff. 5 November 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-05. 
  10. ^ "Gagan Narang grabs gold in 10m air rifle". 5 October 2010.  an article on Commonwealth Games 2010
  11. ^ "Asian Games: Gagan Narang provides India with silver lining on opening day". 13 November 2010.  An article on Asian Games 2010
  12. ^ "Olympics: Shooters Narang, Rajput fail to qualify". The Times Of India. Retrieved 6 August 2012. 
  13. ^ "I'm happy to win a CWG medal in new event: Narang". 28 July 2014.  an article on Commonwealth Games 2014
  14. ^ "Sanjeev Rajput wins silver, Gagan Narang takes bronze". 29 July 2014.  an article on Commonwealth Games 2014
  15. ^ "Gagan Narang threatens to skip Commonwealth Games". The Times of India. 8 August 2010. Retrieved 30 July 2012. 
  16. ^ "Gagan Narang to participate at Commonwealth Games". Hindustan Times (New Delhi, India). Press Trust of India. 17 August 2010. Retrieved 30 July 2012. 
  17. ^ "Padma Shree for Gagan Narang". 25 January 2011. Retrieved 30 July 2012. 
  18. ^ "Gagan Narang gets Khel Ratna award, Zaheer gets Arjuna". The Times of India. 22 July 2011. Retrieved 30 July 2012. 
  19. ^ "Gagan Narang to be conferred Khel Ratna on Aug 29". 18 August 2011. Retrieved 18 August 2011. 
  20. ^ "A tribute to a champion". Chennai, India: The Hindu. 29 October 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-02. 
  21. ^ "Rs50 lakh cash reward to Gagan for bagging Olympic medal". The Times Of India. 31 July 2012. Retrieved 31 July 2012. 
  22. ^ "Rajasthan announces cash awards for Olympic winners Vijay Kumar, Sushil Kumar, Mary Kom, Saina Nehwal and others". The Times Of India. 13 August 2012. 
Preceded by
Saina Nehwal
Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna
Succeeded by