The Indian shooting history has seen many stalwarts and one of them is Vijay Kumar.
Honorable Captain and a retired Subedar Major in the Indian Armed Forces, hails from Barsar Village of Hamirpur District in Himachal Pradesh. He was associated with the Dogra Regiment (16th Battalion) in the Indian Army.
He has represented India in the 25-meter Pistol Event in the 2012 London Olympics where he created a buzz by winning the Silver medal. He has been a recipient of some of the highest sporting honours in India including Arjuna Award, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, Ati Vishishth Seva Medal and Padma Shri.
As of now, he is posted with Indian Army Marksmanship Unit in Mhow, Maharashtra since 2003 and coaching under the watchful eyes of Russian Pavel Smirnoff.
- Name: Vijay Kumar
- Category: 25-meter Rapid fire pistol competition
- Profession: Indian Army Personnel
- Master Eye: Right
- Personal Coach: Smirnoc Parel (Russia)
- National Coach: Sunny Thomas
- Date of Birth: 19 August 1985
- Vijay Kumar Age (As of April 2020): 34 years 8 months
- Birth Place: Harsour, Himachal Pradesh
- State: Himachal Pradesh
- Zodiac Sign: Leo
- Fathers Name: Mr.Banku Ram
- Sibling: Mr.Ajay
- Marital Status: Married
- Vijay Kumar Wife: Roshni Devi
- Marriage Date: January 22, 2017
Vijay Kumar Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award and other Awards
- Padma Shri – 2013.
- Arjuna Award, 2007.
- Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, 2012.
Important Facts about Vijay Kumar
Vijay Kumar considers him as a soldier of the Indian Army. he is the first Indian Shooter to win 10-meter air pistol individual medal.
Vijay Kumar Shooting Medals and Records
- Gold Medal- Men’s 25-meter rapid fire pistol competition in 2006 Commonwealth Games, Melbourne, Australia.
- Gold Medal- Men’s 25-meter rapid fire pistol pairs competition with Pemba Tamang at 2006 Commonwealth Games.
- Gold Medal- Men’s 25-meter rapid fire pistol competition with a score of 787.5 points at 2010 Commonwealth Games, Delhi.
- Gold medal- Men’s 25-meter rapid fire pistol pairs competition with Gurpreet Singh at 2010 Commonwealth Games, Delhi.
- Gold medal- Men’s 25-meter centre fire pistol pairs competition with a combined score of 1159 points with Harpreet Singh at 2010 Commonwealth Games, Delhi.
- Silver medal- 25-meter rapid fire pistol competition at the 2009 ISSF world cup, Beijing.
- Bronze medal- 2006 Asian games.
- Second in 25-meter centerfire pistol competition at 2007 Asian Championship.