Tuesday, 31 July 2012

First Hyderabadi to win an Olympic medal

Bhimsen Narang and Amarjit Narang, parents of ace shooter Gagan Narang,
applaud their son’s performance in Hyderabad on Monday. Photo: G. Krishnaswamy

  • Hyderabadi Gagan Narang is now the pride of the entire country.
  • This 29-year-old ace shooter from the city has not only brought the first medal for India in the on-going London Olympics but also became the first-ever Hyderabadi to win an Olympic medal (bronze in 10 m air rifle shooting) on Monday, triggering off celebrations.
  • And, Gagan also becomes till date only the second one ever to win an Olympic medal from the State (the other being Karnam Malleswari from Srikakulam district).
  • For someone who missed the qualification for final in the 2008 Beijing Olympics by a whisker, four years later Gagan served a gentle reminder about his champion status in the world of shooting.
  • Ironically, this genteel Hyderabadi has to look to Pune to set up his ‘Gun for Glory’ shooting academy after a reportedly indifferent response from the Andhra Pradesh State government. 

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