The Medal Hunter – Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore

“You can’t say what the outcome of a competition is going to be, so now I am ready to accept any result that comes my way, if I give my best shot.”

– Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore

Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore has won country’s first ever Olympic Individual Silver medal in Men’s Double Trap shooting event at 2004 Athens Olympics.

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As It Happened

August 17, 2004, Athens, Greece

In the preliminary rounds the performance of  Rathore was not so great but then he picked up and rose to the occasion in the final round. At one point he was really looking good for gold, but windy conditions deterred him. However, the army man did not lose his cool and thus shoot a score of 179 out of 200 to finish second and came up with Silver medal. UAE’s Ahmed Almaktoum took the Gold while China’s Wang Zheng has to satisfy with Bronze medal.

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The Silver medal won by Rathore in double trap event at the 2004 Athens Olympics made a record for India  and broke that curse of not winning beyond Bronze in individual event. This was the first ever individual Silver medal win by any country men/women.

Life Of The Champion

Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore was born in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan in an army family. At home he is nicknamed as ‘Chilly’. His parents describe him as soft-spoken and down to earth person.

He had a knack for shooting since childhood. As boys are fascinated with guns. But how many of them really have courage to  follow that passion? Well… Rathore has been a medal hunter right from his pre NDA days. While he was in NDA (National Defense Academy) Pune, Rathore took up shooting seriously. There he received the Blazer, highest sports award and since then has never looked back.

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He served India during Kargil war and that was the only time where his love for shooting became his 2nd priory  because Service Before Self was his mission and motto . Few years later he picked up a gun to represent our nation in Sports. With his dedication and hard work he became first Indian to win an Olympic Silver medal for India.

He has been awarded with Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna , country’s highest sporting award. we are proud of you Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore!