Blog by: Suryakant Tripathi.
An Air pistol shooter, Samresh Jung had a successful 2002 Commonwealth Games, where in partnership with Jaspal Rana, he won two Gold medals in the free pistol pairs and in the open event of 25 m standard pistol pairs. In the following Commonwealth Games in Melbourne in 2006, he was in contention to win as many 8 medals and won five Gold and one silver and one bronze and had a gun malfunction not occurred, might have secured a medal in the standard fire pistol competition as well.
At the closing ceremony of those Games, Jung was awarded the David Dixon Award in recognition of being the “Best Athlete of the 18th Commonwealth Games”. Jung competed in the 2008 Beijing Olympics in the 10m Air pistol and 50m air pistol events but couldn’t qualify for the finals in both events.
He was awarded the Arjuna Award in 2002 and was also one of the few lucky ones to have got the chance to bear the Queen’s Baton at the Opening Ceremony of the 2010 Commonwealth Games.