Shooter Manish Narwal smashed the Paralympic record to clinch India’s third gold in the ongoing Tokyo Games on September 4. The 19-year-old, who holds the world record in the category, shot a total of 218.2, a Paralympic record, to claim the medal in his debut Games.
Here are some lesser known facts about the star medalist:
Ambition and Role Model:
Manish’s ambition was to win gold at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. His idols are Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, Argentinian footballer Lionel Messi.
Manish loves watching football and movies.
In 2020, he received the Arjuna Award in India.
He has an impairment to his right hand. He noticed there was something different when he was in the first grade. Something was wrong with his right arm. He cried a lot and was afraid to be in front of people.
Manish is a resident of Faridabad.
Manish speaks Hindi and English fluently.
When did he begin the sport?
He began shooting in 2016 in Ballabhgarh, India.
He always wanted to be a footballer as he loved outdoor sports, but due to his impairment, he couldn’t play the game beyond local club level. A close friend of his father told him to think about introducing him to shooting. His father took him to the 10X Shooting Academy in Ballabgarh [India], run by coach Rakesh Thakur. This made him excel in the sport and Manish owes his success to him.
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