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28 June 1976 |
Uttarkashi, Uttar Pradesh, India
|Height||175 cm (5 ft 9 in)|
|Event(s)||25 metre center-fire pistol
25 metre standard pistol
|Club||Uttranchal Rifle Association|
Jaspal Rana (born June 28, 1976) is an Indian shooter. He contested mainly in the 25 m Centre Fire Pistol category. He was a gold medallist at the 1994 Asian Games, 1998 Commonwealth Games - Men's Center Fire Pistol, Men's Center Fire Pistol Pairs, 2002 Commonwealth Games - Men's 25m Center Fire Pistol, 2006 Commonwealth Games - Men's 25m Center Fire Pistol Pairs, and 2006 Asian Games. At present, Rana coaches at the Jaspal Rana Institute of Education and Technology in Dehradun.
Rana was born in a Rajput family in Tehri Garhwal, in Uttar Pradesh (now Uttarakhand). He grew up in Mussoorie, Dehradun, Nainbagh and later on in Delhi and studied at the K.V. Air Force Station Tughlkabad, and St. Stephen's and Sri Aurobindo colleges. His first coach was his father, Narayan Singh Rana, an Indo-Tibetan Border Police official. Later on Tibor Ganazol coached him to perfection.
Rana made his national début at the age of 12, at the 31st National Shooting Championship at Ahmedabad and won a Silver Medal. He shot into Standard Pistol shooting fame when he won a Gold at the 46th World Shooting Championship (Junior Section) with a world record score at Milan, Italy, in 1994.
Rana won most of his medals in the Centre Fire Pistol event, but has also won Air Pistol, Standard Pistol, Free Pistol and Rapid Fire Pistol events. He has won more than 600 Medals at the national and international levels.
At the 2006 Asian Games in Doha, he equalled the world record in 25 m Center Fire Pistol with 590 points (he had made this score twice previously; in 1995 in Coimbatore, and in 1997 in Bangalore in the national competitions). The Indian Olympic Association sparked controversy when it announced that Rana would receive the 'Best Sportsperson' award at the Asian Games; but it was awarded to Korea's Park Tae-Hwan. Rana was graceful about the goof-up.
- Gold Medal in the 1994 Asian Games in Hiroshima
- Gold medal in Men's 25m Centre Fire Pistol (Pairs) with Samaresh Jung at the 2006 Commonwealth Games
- Gold Medals in 25m Standard Pistol and 25m Center Fire Pistol at the 2006 Asian Games on 7-8th Dec 2006
- While winning the 25 m Center Fire Pistol event, Rana equalled the world record by aggregating 590 points.*
Awards and recognition
In 1994, he was awarded Arjuna Award, the second highest award for achievement in sport, by the Indian government at an age of eighteen, by twenty one he became PadamShree and in between he was awarded National Citizen award by none other than Mother Teresa, other awards of national fame also came his way like windfall.
Rana was a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party. Shortly after the Asian Games, he indicated that he would be interested in contesting elections and campaigning for the party. Recently political party BJP has announced that Rana will be contesting Lok Sabha elections from Tehri seat which also comprises most of the Dehradun town, Uttarkashi and Tehri district of Uttarakhand. Jaspal rana contestd 2009 loksabha election from tehri gharwal seat representing BJP but unfortunately he lost to Vijay bahuguna of congress.Rana joined the INC (Indian National Congress)in year 2012 and is presently an active member of the party in Uttarakhand.
He was married to Reena Rana, a fashion designer and national level shooter, and has two children, daughter Devanshi, and son Yuvraj. He has two siblings Sushma Singh (Rana), who is also the daughter-in-law of Rajnath Singh, an eminent BJP leader and Subhash Rana. Both his siblings are also accomplished shooters
- Rana equals world record at Asiad, wins gold.
- Exclusive Interview of Jaspal Rana after his 3 Gold haul in Doha Qatar Games.