Vijay Kumar (sport shooter)
The President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee presenting the Padma Shri Award to Vijay Kumar, in 2013.
|Born||19 August 1985|
Himachal Pradesh, India
Hon. Captain Subedar Major Vijay Kumar Sharma 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. 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. 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.
Early career (2006-2009)
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. In 2006, he was awarded the Arjuna award by the Indian government.
In 2007, 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.
Commonwealth and Olympic glory (2010-14)
In the 2010 Commonwealth Games, he won three gold medals and one silver. In 25 metre rapid fire pistol pairs, Gurpreet Singh and Vijay Kumar won the gold medal scoring 1162 points, setting a new Commonwealth games record. He won the 25 meter rapid fire pistol singles event and also teamed up with Harpreet Singh to win the 25-metre center fire pistol pairs event. In the 25-metre centre fire pistol singles, he finished second winning a silver, losing out to fellow Indian Harpreet Singh.
Kumar won the Silver Medal in the 25 m rapid fire pistol event at 2012 London Olympics. He finished with an average score of 9.767 and had a score of 293 with 7 inner 10s in the first stage. Vijay's silver was the second medal for India at London 2012. Earlier Kumar failed to qualify for the men's 10 m air pistol finals after finishing 31st on 28 July 2012.
Kumar was chosen to be the Indian flagbearer at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. The Indian trio of Vijay Kumar, Pemba Tamang and Gurpreet Singh won the silver medal in the 25m center fire event at the 2014 Asian Games, held at Incheon, South Korea. The team scored a total of 1740, two behind gold medalists China.
25 metre rapid fire pistol
|Olympic Games||Not held||—||Not held||Silver||Not held|
|World Championships||Not held||34th
|Commonwealth Games||Not held|| Gold
|Not held|| Gold
|World Cup 1||—||19th
|World Cup 2||—||12th
|World Cup 3||—||37th
|World Cup 4||38th
|World Cup Final||NQ||NQ||NQ||yes||Qualified|
25 metre center-fire pistol
|Commonwealth Games||—||Not held|
25-metre standard pistol
|World Championships||Not held|
|Commonwealth Games||Not held||Olympics 12||Not held|
10 metre air pistol
|Olympic Games||Not held|
|Commonwealth Games||Not held|
|World Cup 1||—|
|World Cup 2||—|
|World Cup 3||89th|
|World Cup 4||73rd|
|World Cup Final||NQ|
Awards and recognition
- Arjuna Award (2007)
- Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna (2012)
- Ati Vishisht Seva Medal (2013) 
- Padma Shri (2013)
For winning the silver medal at 2012 London Olympics, ₹1 crore (US$140,000) cash award was awarded by the Government of Himachal Pradesh and ₹50 lakh (US$70,000) by the Government of Rajasthan.
- Vijay Kumar bags silver in London Olympics 2012
- NDTV Sports (3 August 2012). "Profile: Vijay Kumar". NDTV. Retrieved 3 August 2012.
- "Vijay kumar wins bronze in Asian games". Retrieved 22 December 2012.
- "Glasgow 2014 - Vijay Kumar Profile". g2014results.thecgf.com. Retrieved 22 December 2012.
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- "Olympics Shooting: Vijay Kumar wins Silver in 25m rapid fire pistol, becomes the fourth Indian shooter to win a medal in Olympics".
- "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.
- "Asian Games: Indian men win 25m centre fire pistol silver". rediff news. 26 September 2014. Retrieved 4 November 2014.
- "Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award and Arjuna Awards Announced". Press Information Bureau, Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports. 19 August 2012. Retrieved 4 August 2013.
- "359 Republic Day Gallantry and other Defence Decorations Announced".
- "Padma Awards". Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 November 2014. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
- "Vijay Kumar wins Olympic silver: Re 1 cash reward announced". The Economic Times. 3 August 2012.
- "Rajasthan announces cash awards for Olympic winners Vijay Kumar, Sushil Kumar, Mary Kom, Saina Nehwal and others". The Times Of India. 13 August 2012.