Anjali Bhagwat

Blog By: Riya Rathore

Anjali Bhagwat (born December 5, 1969) is a professional Indian shooter. She became the World Number One in 10m Air Rifle in 2002. She also won her first World Cup Final in Milan, in 2003, with a score of 399/400. Bhagwat’s foray into the world of shooting happened by chance while she was training for the National Cadet Corps, and it took her almost 14 years to establish herself on the world stage. In 2002 she won four gold medals (in the solo and pair events of both the 10-metre air-rifle and 50-metre three-position-rifle disciplines) at the Commonwealth Games and silver medals as part of the Indian women’s team at both the ISSF World Cup and Asian Games. She became the first Indian woman to receive a gold medal at the ISSF World Cup Final when she won the 10-metre-air rifle event in 2003. Bhagwat also won a silver medal in the pair 50-metre three-position event at the 2006 Commonwealth Games. Rifle ace Anjali Bhagwat returns after two-year break to clinch national gold medal in the women’s 50m rifle 3 positions event at the 54th National Shooting Championship.

India’s acclaimed rifle shooter Anjali Bhagwat clinched the gold medal in the women’s 50m rifle 3 positions event at the 54th National Shooting Championships here, stamping her authority on her first competition since the Beijing Olympics in 2008.A three-time Olympian and the 2003 World Cup Finals gold medallist in air rifle, Anjali had competed in the rifle prone event at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range on Friday but hadn’t made it to the podium. Heading into the final on Saturday, though, Anjali was level on points with eventual silver medallist Lajjakumari Gauswami of Gujarat on 576 points. Madhya Pradesh’s Rajkumari Rathore, who had won the prone on Friday, was leading with 577 points, while prone world champion Tejaswini Sawant was also lurking. For her excellent performance, Bhagwat has managed to secure third consecutive Olympic quota for Beijing Olympics 2008, after acquiring the fourth position at the Brazil World Cup 2006.She got four gold medals in the 2002 mamchester commonwealth games.According to the latest records, Anjali Bhagwat has won as many as 28 Gold, 22 Silver, 6 Bronze medals, thus setting new records in International competitions. As far as the national competitions are concerned, she has managed to win 54 Gold, 35 Silver and 14 Bronze medals.

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