Vijay Kumar (sport shooter)

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Vijay Kumar
Personal information
Nationality Indian
Born (1985-08-19) 19 August 1985 (age 30)
Harsour, Hamirpur
Himachal Pradesh, India
Country India
Sport Shooting

Subedar Major Vijay Kumar AVSM, SM (born 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 Indian 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 won 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]

2014 Asian Games[edit]

The Indian trio of Vijay Kumar, Pemba Tamang and Gurpreet Singh won the silver medal in the 25m centre fire event at the 2014 Asian Games, held at Incheon, South Korea. The team scored a total of 1740, two behind gold medalists China[6]

Performance timelines[edit]

25 metre rapid fire pistol[edit]

2002 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Olympic Games Not held Not held 2nd Silver
World Championships Not held 34th
Not held
Asian Games/AC 4th
Commonwealth Games Not held 1st Gold
Not held
World Cup 1 19th
World Cup 2 12th
2nd Silver
World Cup 3 37th
World Cup 4 38th
World Cup Final NQ NQ NQ yes Qualified

25 metre center-fire pistol[edit]

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

25-metre standard pistol[edit]

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

10 metre air pistol[edit]

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

Awards and Recognitions[edit]

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


  1. ^ Vijay Kumar bags silver in London Olympics 2012
  2. ^ a b NDTV Sports (3 August 2012). "Profile: Vijay Kumar". NDTV. Retrieved 3 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "Vijay Kumar shoots silver medal in 25m Rapid Fire Pistol at London 2012 Olympics". Olympics Medal Tally. 3 August 2012. Retrieved 3 August 2012. 
  4. ^ Olympics Shooting: Vijay Kumar wins Silver in 25m rapid fire pistol, becomes the fourth Indian shooter to win a medal in Olympics
  5. ^ "Vijay Kumar fails to qualify for 10m Air Pistol finals". The Times of India (London). Press Trust of India. 29 July 2012. Retrieved 3 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "Asian Games: Indian men win 25m centre fire pistol silver". rediff news. 26 September 2014. Retrieved 4 November 2014. 
  7. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Retrieved July 21, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award and Arjuna Awards Announced". Press Information Bureau, Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports. 19 August 2012. Retrieved 2014-08-04. 
  9. ^ "Vijay Kumar wins Olympic silver: Re 1 cash reward announced". The Economic Times. 3 August 2012. 
  10. ^ "Rajasthan announces cash awards for Olympic winners Vijay Kumar, Sushil Kumar, Mary Kom, Saina Nehwal and others". The Times Of India. 13 August 2012. 

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