Indian Shooting Champion: Manavjit Singh Sandhu

Blog by: Suryakant Tripathi.

A trap shooter, Manavjit Singh Sandhu burst on to the scene at the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur, winning the Gold in Trap team category. Individually, the 38-year-old first tasted success at the 2006 ISSF World Championships, where he clinched the Gold in the Trap category, thereby becoming the first Indian shooter to be crowned world champion and also won a silver in Trap team category in the same World Cup.

Sandhu is also a two-time gold medalist at the ISSF World Cup, winning in Acapulco in 2010 and in Tucson in 2014 and has also won three bronze medals, along with winning a silver medal at World Cups.

After winning the Gold at the 1998 Commonwealth Games, Sandhu won a bronze in the individual Trap category at the Melbourne games in 2006 and Delhi games in 2010 and also was part of silver-winning trap team in Delhi in 2010.

The shooter also enjoyed success at the four Asian Games that he was part of, clinching 3 silvers i Trap team category in Bangkok(’98), Busan(’02) and Doha(’06) respectively and also winning a silver in the Individual category in the Doha games. He was also part of the team, that won the bronze in the Trap team category at the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games and holds the Asian record for firing 124/125 targets.