Blog by: Suryakant Tripathi.
Another shooter who was extremely successful, particularly in the 10m Air Rifle and the 3 Position category was Anjali Bhagwat. The Mumbai-born shooter won an incredible 31 Gold medals during her career, that included victories at the 1999 Auckland Shooting Championships, where she won 3 Gold medals and then put in yet another fine performance at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, where she won the Gold in the 10m Air Rifle and 3 Position individual category and was part of the team that clinched the Gold in the respective events as well.
Bhagwat also had a very good Commonwealth Games campaign in 2006, in Melbourne, where she won Gold in the 3 Position Individual category and the 10m Air Rifle team category.
She became the first Indian to be awarded the ISSF Champion of Champions in 2002 and is also the only Indian shooter to have won the ISSF Champions Trophy in Air Rifle Men and Women Mixed event at Munich in 2002.
For her stellar achievements, she was awarded the Arjuna award in 2000 and the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna in 2003.