These people are not only great athletes, they serve the nation too!
The 2018 Commonwealth Games, also called Gold Coast 2018, commenced on 4th April and will close on 15th April. It has been an honourable event for India. Both men’s and women’s table tennis team won Gold for the nation making it the first time glory in the sport. Apart from this, we have got 6 players, who is a part of Indian Armed forces; have brought us laurels in the Gold Coast 2018.
- Subedar Jitu Rai
One of the Indian premier shooting aces, Jitu Rai won gold for India in the 10-meter air pistol event at the Commonwealth Games 2018 in Australia’s Gold Coast. On the 7th day of the commonwealth games, he broke the world record with a score of 235.1 points. The 29-year-old Naib Subedar in the Indian Army’s 11 Gorkha Rifles expressed his joy saying: “I just concentrated on my performance did not bother much when I shot a couple of bad shots in the final, and kept my focus.”
- Havildar Om Prakash Mitharva
Om Prakash Mitharva played along with Jitu Rai (who finished 8th in the event) on the 7th-day event of Common Wealth Games. However, it was Om who had won us a bronze medal both in the 50m men’s pistol event and 10m men’s air pistol event.
He shot 201.1 to finish third in the eight-man finals at Belmont Shooting Centre. Om topped the standings at the qualification stage with 549 points. This 22-year-old, hailing from Rajasthan, bagged bronze at 10m men’s air pistol event with 214.3 points.
- Subedar Deepak Lather Via
This18-year-old teenager is a part of the Indian Army’s Bombay Sappers and has now become the youngest Indian male weightlifter to bag a commonwealth games medal. He won the bronze medal in men’s 69 kg category lifting a total of 295kg (136 kg+159 kg).
He comments with joy: “I was just sitting inside and hoping he would fail his attempt. I know it’s bad to wish ill for someone but I couldn’t help it.”
- Air Warrior JWO Vikas Thakur
This 24-year-old hailing from Ludhiana bagged a bronze medal for India in the Men’s 94 kg weightlifting in Commonwealth Games 2018 on Sunday. He lifted his personal best, a total of 351kg (159 kg+192 kg) to come third in the event.
- Air Warrior JWO Ravi Kumar Via
This 28-year-old air warrior JWO (Junior Warrant Officer) hails from Meerut, Uttar Pradesh. On Day 4 of the Gold Coast 2018, Ravi Kumar shot a total of 224.1 to bag the Bronze medal in Men’s 10m Air Rifle final at the Belmont Shooting Centre. He had won the Bronze medal before this in ISSF World Cup-2017 which was held in Mexico.
- Air Warrior Sergeant P Gururaja
P Gururaja joined the Indian Air Force in June 2015. He is from Kundapooda village in Karnataka. He brought us the first medal in Gold coast 2018 by winning the Silver Medal in 56 Kg weight category on the first day of Common Wealth Games.
He comments, “After I failed the first two attempts, my coach reminded me how much my life depends on this. I remembered my family and my country.”
India stands at 3rd position with 27 medals after Australia (146 medals) and England (78 medals) until Day 8 and yet more to come. Our Gold Coast team has bagged 13 Gold, 6 Silver and 9 Bronze so far.
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