Pravin Jadhav is an Indian Archer born on 6th July 1996. He specializes in Recurve archery. He hails from Sarade village of Maharashtra’s Satara district.
Pravin Jadhav belongs to a poor family. His parents are daily labourers. He lives in one of the drought-hit villages of Satara in Maharashtra with his parents. Pravin had gone through a lot of hardships when he was young as his parents couldn’t afford a proper or ordinary lifestyle due to meager incomes.
Pravin was passionate about sports since he was young. His enthusiasm for sports was spotted by primary school teacher Vikas Bhujbal and asked Pravin to try a few sporting activities in school. His coach put him in the Maharashtra Government-run Krida Prabodhini school under a scheme to secure his education and received the training at Balewadi in Pune in 2012. The coach also bore the expenses of his diet and nutrition to keep him fit and healthy.
Pravin used to take part in an 800m run before the coaches recommended him to take up archery based on the tests conducted at the sports school, irrespective of his potentiality to be a runner. A year after in Pune, he was transferred to Amravati for archery training under the coach Praful Dange.
Pravin Jadhav has served in the Indian Army since 2017 and he’s ranked as Havaldar.
Rise to Glory
Initially, Pravin found difficulties in his nascent stage of archery. He had struggled to cope with the weight of the bow as his body was physically weak and often experienced pain on his shoulders. Krida Prabodhini authorities had given up on him until the education officer at Satara Zilla Parishad, on the request of Vikas Bhujbal, pleaded with the authorities to give him a chance. Finally, he was given one more chance to prove his worth and he did it under immense pressure.
Pravin took part in the district, state, and national levels archery competitions and did pretty well. Pravin first represented India at the Asian Games Group held in Bangkok and won his first international medal by winning Bronze in the Recurve men’s team. In that same year, he represented the India B team in the 2016 Archery World Cup stage in Medellin, Colombia.
Pravin Jadhav received his major achievement when he won a Silver at the 2019 World Archery Championships in Recurve men’s team. The trio of Pravin, Atanu Das, and Tarundeep Rai became the first Indian Recurve Archery team to compete in the final of the World Archery Championships since 2005.
The team of Atanu, Tarundeep, and Pravin will be representing India at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics after they defeated the Canada team in the quarterfinal of Recurve men’s team event at the 2019 World Archery Championships. This will be Pravin’s international multi-sports event debut.