Hyderabad based World No:8,Gagan Narang is one of India's best
bet in Beijing.He will participate in the 10 metres air rifle,50
metres three position and 50 metres prone events in the shooting
Gagan Narang hit 102.7 in the menís 10m air rifle final to set a
new meet record and claim the gold at the Commonwealth Shooting
Championships in Melbourne in 2006.
Narang, who represented the country in the Athens Olympics,
tallied 597 in the preliminaries for a total score of 699.7 to
claim the individual honours.
1983 born,Gagan Narang became an indelible part of India's
sporting history when he shot the first-ever gold medal for the
hosts in the inaugural Afro Asian Games at the Hyderabad
University shooting range.
The Indian Olympic 2008 contingent includes 57 athletes, a group
spearheaded by ace long jumper Anju Bobby George. Shooting comes
next with nine Indians, including Athens Silver medallist
Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, gunning for glory. India will also be
fielding its largest ever boxing team and of the quintet, Vijender
looks the best bet, especially after his red hot form in recent
past. Though the Indian swimmers are yet to make a splash, as many
as four of them would be part of the field in Beijing. The number is
same in tennis as well where Leander Paes, Mahesh Bhupathi, Sania
Mirza and Sunitha Rao would have to live up to the expectation. The
contingent will also include three grapplers and as many rowers. Two
players each will represent India in table tennis, judo and
badminton, while weightlifting and yachting will have one each.
Narang is one of the two athletes being funded by the Olympic
Gold Quest. The last to qualify for Athens 2004, Narang was the
first shooter to get to Beijing