Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore


BornJanuary 29, 1970


Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore is an Indian shooter who won the silver medal in Men's Double Trap at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. Rathore's silver was India's best individual Olympic performance post Indian Independence. He is the first Indian to win an individual silver, after Norman Pritchard, a British origin born in India, who won two silver medals at the 1900 Paris Olympics. In the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, he won the Individual Gold Medal setting a new Commonwealth Games Record, 192 targets out of 200, which still stands. He also won the Team Gold Medal with Moraad Ali Khan. Rathore, went on to successfully defend his Commonwealth Champion title by winning the Gold Medal at the - Melbourne Commonwealth Games in 2006. He also won the Silver in the Team event with Vikram Bhatnagar. He has won Gold Medals in two World Cup Shooting Competitions. In 2006 he won the Bronze Medal in the World Cup Final in Spain. He also won a world Championship Bronze Medal in 2003 after a gap of nearly 40 years. Rajyavardhan is accredited for winning the Asian Clay Target Gold Medal for four times in a row, year 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006. He also holds an Individual Bronze Medal which he won in Doha, Asian Games 2006. He was bestowed with teh Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award and the Arjuna award, owing to his impressive statistics.

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