Saurabh Chaudhary is the talk of the town after making his sensational debut at the senior 10m air pistol event at ISSF World Cup New Delhi in February this year. He has made everyone speechless by scoring 245 in the final round grabbing the gold medal and booking a spot at the Tokyo Olympics for India.
Saurabh has made the world applaud for him by becoming the junior and senior 10m air pistol world record holder at the age of 16. His junior world record is 245.5 even better than his senior record.
The teenager’s calm and alert persona contributes to the medal-winning spree he is on. He has won all the International championships that he has participated. He is the youngest Indian to bag gold medal at the Asian Games which he won at Jakarta in 2018. Saurabh also has to his name three gold medals at the Asian Airgun Championship 2018 and gold at the Youth Olympic Games 2018. To date, he is the only India shooter to win gold at all the championships.
Saurabh started his amazing shooting journey just five years back at Amit Sheoran’s shooting academy at Benauli 15 kilometres from his hometown Kalina. The initial training included positioning and strengthening of the hands and wrist followed by pistol shooting. His initial scores were too good and his coach insisted to buy his own pistol so that he could practice better. His immense dedication and passion for the sport with unconditional support from his family has brought him a long way.
Sheoran believes that Saurabh Chaudhary is here to make and break many records and this is just the beginning. Saurabh is now training under the guidance of foreign pistol coach hired by India – Pavel Smirnov with many more titles to conquer.
With the credentials he owns, he is one of the top contenders for India at the Tokyo Olympics 2020.