Tokyo Olympics: India’s ace shooter Saurabh Chaudhary in Times ’48 Athletes to watch out for’ in Tokyo Olympics list

Tokyo Olympics: India’s ace shooter Saurabh Chaudhary in Times 48 Athletes to watch out in Tokyo Olympics list
Tokyo Olympics: India’s ace shooter Saurabh Chaudhary in Times 48 Athletes to watch out in Tokyo Olympics list

Tokyo Olympics – Times 48 Athletes to Watch out for at Tokyo Olympics: Saurabh Chaudhary has made heads turn globally with his innate skills as the 19-year-old has been marked as one of India’s prime medal contenders at the upcoming Tokyo Olympics. The marksman has starred over the last four years which has made everyone take notice and all eyes will be on him again when he steps up to take his shot. The 19-year-old has not one or two, but eight shooting World Cup gold medals in his kitty.

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India’s ace shooter Saurabh Chaudhary in Times ’48 Athletes to watch out for’ in Tokyo Olympics list

Shooter Saurabh Chaudhary: The Time magazine has also taken note of Chaudhary’s meteoric rise, and has featured the pistol shooter in its recently released list of ‘athletes to watch out for at Tokyo Olympics’. The list, which has 48 elite sportspersons from across the globe, has big names like gymnast Simone Biles, sprinters Allyson Felix, Noah Lyles and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, long-distance runner Eliud Kipchoge, swimmers Caeleb Dressel and Katie Ledecky and NBA star Kevin Durant among others.

Saurabh is the only Indian to make it to the coveted list. Besides, the Meerut lad is also the only international shooter to have made the cut.

Shooter Saurabh Chaudhary: The magazine wrote about Saurabh: “Marksman Saurabh Chaudhary, 19, is one of India’s best shots at gold in Tokyo. Having only taken up shooting in 2015, he has accumulated an impressive haul of medals: 14 gold and six silver in international competitions. In 2018, he became India’s youngest gold medalist at the Asian Games.

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“A year later, Chaudhary set a new junior and senior world record in the 10m air pistol category at the International Shooting Sport Federation World Cup, securing his spot on India’s 15-member shooting team in Tokyo. There, he’ll also pair with Manu Bhaker to form a top contender in the mixed team competition.”

Shooter Saurabh Chaudhary: Saurabh Chaudhary, at present, is training at the Indian shooting contingent’s European base in Zagreb, Croatia. The contingent will leave for Tokyo from Zagreb on July 16, with the shooting competition in Tokyo beginning on July 24. At the Tokyo Olympics, the 19-year-old from Meerut will be seen competing in two different events – men’s 10m air pistol and mixed 10m air pistol alongside another teen shooter Manu Bhaker.

Saurabh has won 21 medals including 14 golds, five silvers and two bronzes in many coveted international competitions like youth Olympic, ISSF World Cup and World Championship. He has been touted by many as the best bet for India at the Tokyo Olympics, with former medallist Abhinav Bindra’s mentor Amit Bhattacharjee also heaping praise on the teenage sensation.

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