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The story of Anjali Bhagwat’s 30+ years of shooting career is one of incredible determination and laser-sharp focus; it is a story of exhilarating highs and excruciating lows; it is a story of success that was only possible because of unwavering family support; it is a story that literally paved the path for the two successful decades of Indian shooting since 2000; it is a story of a seemingly ordinary woman from a middle-class family in Mumbai achieving extraordinary world-class success; and it is a story of a true Indian who put her country’s flag on the world map!

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Highlights

2002

First Indian to win the ISSF Champion of Champions award.

2002

First Indian to climb to World No. 1 in shooting.

2000

First Indian ever to qualify for Olympic finals in shooting

2000, 2004, 2008

 

Represented India in 3 Olympic Games – 2000, 2004, & 2008

Khel Ratna

 

Khel Ratna awardee (India’s highest sporting award) – only female shooter recipient till date.

2002 Commonwealth Games

 

Flag bearer of Indian contingent at the 2002 Commonwealth Games.

Shooting Career

Anjali Bhagwat’s illustrious career that spans over 3 decades has seen multiple groundbreaking achievements and her medal tally of 61 international medals and 106 national medals has pioneered the path for the exponential growth of Indian shooting. Her top achievements at the highest international stage, include:

Olympic Level

  • First Indian woman athlete to qualify and participate in 3 consecutive Olympics – Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008
  • Second Indian woman ever and first Indian shooter ever to reach Olympic finals at Sydney 2000
World Level

  • At 2002 World Cup in Sydney, won 1 silver medal
  • At 2002 World Cup in Atlanta, won 1 silver medal
  • At 2002 World Cup Finals in Munich, won 1 silver medal
  • At 2003 World Cup Finals in Milan, won 1 gold medal
  • At 2003 World Cup in Atlanta, won 1 gold medal
  • At 2004 World Cup in Sydney, won 1 bronze medal
Asian Level

  • At 2000 Asian Championships in Malaysia, won 1 gold & 1 silver medals
  • At 2002 Asian Games in Korea, won 1 silver medal
  • At 2008 Asian AirGun Championship in China, won 1 gold & 1 bronze medals
  • At 2012 Asian Championship in Doha, won 1 silver medal
  • At 2012 Asian Championship in China, won 1 gold & 1 bronze medals
Commonwealth Level

  • Had the honour of being the flag bearer of Indian contingent at Manchester 2002
  • At 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, won 4 gold medals and multiple new records
  • At 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, won 1 silver medal
  • At 1999 Commonwealth Championships in Auckland, won 3 gold medals with 3 new records
  • At 2001 Commonwealth Championships in England, won 3 gold & 1 silver medals with 2 new records
  • At 2005 Commonwealth Championships in Melbourne, won 2 gold & 1 silver medals
Other International Level Tournaments

 

  • Holland – 2 gold, 3 silver, & 1bronze medals; equaled world record
  • Denmark – 1 gold, 3 silver, & 1 bronze medals
  • Munich – 1 gold & 1silver medals
  • Hungary – 1 bronze medal
  • At 2000 Grand prix in Czech Republic, won 1 silver medal
  • At 2008 French Open, won 1 bronze medal
  • At 2006 Australia Cup, won 1 silver medal
  • At 2008 Australia cup, won 2 gold & 1 silver medals
  • At 1999 Oceania Championship, won 1 gold medal
  • At 1995 SAF Games in Madras, won 1 gold, 1 silver, & 1 bronze medals
  • At 1997 SAF Games in Delhi, won 3 gold & 1 silver medals
  • At 1999 SAF Games in Nepal, won 4 gold (new records), 1 silver, & 1 bronze medals
  • At 2003 Afro Asian Games, won 1 gold & 1 silver medals

Awards

  • 1992: Shree Shiv Chattrapati Award by State Government of Maharashtra
  • 1993: Maharashtra Gaurav Puraskar by State Government of Maharashtra
  • 1993: Vasantrao Naik Pratishthan Puraskar by State Government of Maharashtra
  • 2000: Arjuna award by Central Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports
  • 2002: Young Achiever award by Indo-American Society
  • 2003: Khel Ratna award by Central Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports
  • 2003: Maharashtra Shaan award by Times Group
  • 2003: Best sportswoman award by Hero India
  • 2003: SportsWoman of the year by HISA
  • 2003: Shooter of the year by HISA
  • 2004: Shooter of the year by HISA
  • 2005: GR8 women achievers award
  • 2005: Teacher’s achievement award
  • 2006: National award by FIE Foundation
  • 2010: Indian Sports Legend award