As a two-year-old, Gagan Narang directed a toy gun at balloons in a shooting booth at Chennai's Marina Beach. Twenty-seven decades later, he was staring down the crosshairs in the historic Royal Artillery Barracks in London, shooting for a medal in the 2012 Olympics.
He clinched bronze in the 10m Air Rifle event that afternoon and with it, India's first medal of the variant of the Games.
Make sure it his exploits with the rifle or during his famed'Gun for Glory' academy which nurtured several prodigies such as Elavenil Valarivan, Indian shooter Gagan Narang has played a key part in raising the quality of the sport in his country over recent years. Roku Error Code 014
Drawn into the game after his father gifted him an air pistol when he was in his early teens, Gagan Narang would make his mark early with a string of performances in domestic shooting championships.
It was not long before he was able to make a place in the Indian team for the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece. However, Gagan Narang's Olympic debut did not go as per plan as he fell short of creating the closing in the 10m Air Rifle event. Not letting it affect him adversely, the Indian shooter would shortly return into his groove.
His breakthrough in the international circuit came in 2006, when he won his maiden ISSF World Cup trophy, a gold in the 10m Air Rifle, in Guangzhou. He then bagged four gold medals at the Commonwealth Games that year, a feat he would repeat in the 2010 edition in New Delhi as well. In the 2006 Asian Games, Gagan Narang racked up an individual bronze and two team medals, both bronzes.
Building up to the 2008 Olympics, Gagan Narang was at top shape and appeared to get a podium finish. On the big stage in Beijing, he missed out on the final of the 10m Air Rifle event just on countback while Abhinav Bindra proceeded to become the first Indian to become a single Olympic gold medallist.
Not one of the ones to allow the hurt has an effect on the mindset, Gagan Narang declared firing on all cylinders within months, nailing down a perfect score in the German Shooting League.