|Event||10m Men’s Air Rifle|
|2018 Asian Games||Silver|
|2017 Commonwealth Championships||Bronze|
Deepak Kumar is an Indian shooter born on 5th November 1987. He hails from the Jagatpur district of North Delhi. He represents India in 10m air rifle in international events.
Deepak Kumar was born to Raj Kumar and Vimal Devi. His father was a government employee working in the Delhi tourism department and his mother is a housewife. Deepak is the eldest among 3 siblings.
Deepak Kumar was a mischievous kid in the neighbourhood. His father, Raj, enrolled him in Gurukul in Dehradun when he was 9-year-old because his parents wanted him to experience Indian traditional education. For the next 10 years, he spent studying Hindu scriptures and followed a strict lifestyle at the Gurukul.
In 2004, while still a student, Deepak took up an interest in archery and played the sport well. After competing in district and state archery competitions, he represented Uttarakhand at the national level. Later, he switched to shooting after he tried his hands at the sport when Jaspal Rana’s (Ex World No.1 Pistol shooter) father wanted some of the students from Gurukul to join his academy for free of cost. His interest in shooting began to grow when he started training at the academy. The Gurukul had set up the shooting range in their own backyard for them to practice.
After spending a decade at Gurukul, he returned to Delhi and joined the Indian Air Force. At the IAF, Deepak continued his shooting ambitions. He’s currently training under Manoj Kumar. Deepak is serving as a Sergeant at the Indian Air Force. Jaspal Rana is his inspiration.
Rise to Glory
Deepak picked up shooting a little late but still managed to take forward his shooting career. Initially, he tried the pistol but later switched to rifle.
Despite serving as Sergeant in the Indian Air Force, he managed to take out time for shooting practice. He had participated in national shooting competitions and won medals. He represents Indian Air Force at the national level.
Deepak doesn’t often get a chance to represent India at many international shooting competitions, but he ensures that he participates in important international tournaments and wins medals for India.
Deepak Kumar made his international shooting debut for India at the 2017 Commonwealth Shooting Championships, where won his first international medal by clinching Bronze in the 10m air rifle individual held at Brisbane in Australia.
In 2018, Deepak Kumar competed in the Commonwealth Games but finished 5th in 10m air rifle individual event. In the same year, he was shot to the limelight after he won a Silver medal at the Asian Games in 10m air rifle individual held in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Later that year, he participated in his debut ISSF World Cup at Guadalajara in Mexico and won a Bronze medal in a 10m air rifle mixed team event. He had also represented India at the World Shooting Championships in Changwon, South Korea but failed to win any medals.
At the 2019 ISSF World Cup held at Munich in Germany, Deepak achieved his highest medal in the World Cup by clinching Silver in 10m air rifle mixed team event. In the same year, he won a Bronze medal at the Asian Shooting Championships. This achievement booked him a berth at the Tokyo Olympics. Earlier, he failed to secure an Olympic quota after he failed to win any medals at ISSF Rio World Cup, eventually made it to the Indian Olympic team after he got a second chance.