Award Name : Arjuna Award
Year of Award : 2005
Award for : Sports and Games
Location : Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Gagan Narang is an Indian sportsman and Olympic award winner in 2012 Olympics. In men’s 10 m air rifle event held at 2012 Olympics at London, he came out with bronze medal with a score of 701.1 on 30th July 2012. It is the eighth individual medal in the Olympic Games history of India. He was born on 6 May 1983 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. He touched the gun for the first time at his age of six for shooting down balloons at Chennai Marina Beach carnival. His prowess at shooting was well brought out at that age itself which he sharpened later. For his Olympic achievement the Haryana government has announced an award of Rs One Crore for him. The sportsman has been awarded a Padma Shree in 2010. On 29 August 2011, he was awarded the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award - the highest sports award in India-for the year 2010.
The twenty nine year old Gagan Narang, a gold medal winner in the Afro Asian games in 2003, lived up to his promise and was catapulted to fame with success at the 2010 Commonwealth games at New Delhi. He added 4 gold medals to the Indian tally in the Commonwealth games, the only Indian male sportsman to do so in the games. These medals were in the 10m Air Rifle and 50m Rifle 3 positions, individual and pair events. In 2005, he received the Arjuna Award. At the Asian Games in 2010, he had won an individual silver medal.