Top 10 Professional Shooters (International) Who Made It BIG
Professional shooting sports is a profession that requires an intense level of focus, concentration,fine-tuning skills and full knowledge of the shooting range design specifications. Not manypeople have all these three qualities and that is the reason it is so difficult to find any shooterdominating the sport for a long time. Shooting sports have been a part of the Olympic Games from the beginning of the games. In thefirst two games, i.e. 1896 and 1900 pigeons were used as the target; however, from 1908 pigeonswere replaced by clay targets. Also, shooting sports were included in 1904 and 1928 games, andbut were later re-introduced in 1932. The number of shooting events has increased in number –the maximum being 17 at the 2000 and 2004 games. However, since the 2008 Beijing Olympics,the number of events has been fixed at 15.Let us take a look at the Top 10 greatest shooters to have ever participated at the Games:
#1 Apurvi Singh Chandela (India)Apurvi Singh Chandela, born on 4 January, 1993, is an Indian professional shooter and competesin the 10m air rifle shooting event. She won the Gold medal in the 2019 ISSF World Cup held inNew Delhi. In 2012, she won the Gold medal at the National shooting championships in NewDelhi. In 2014, she won four medals at the Intershoot Championships that included twoindividual and two team medals, also a gold medal in the Commonwealth Games held inGlasgow, creating a new games record.
#2 Artem Chernousov (Russia)Artem Anatolyevich Chernousov, born on 10 January, 1996, is a Russian professional shooter.He won the Gold medal in Mixed 10m Air Pistol, Silver Medal in 10m Air Pistol and BronzeMedal in 10m team air pistol in the 2018 ISSF World Shooting Championships.
#3 Vincent Hancock (U.S.A)Vincent Charles Hancock, born on March 19, 1989, is an American professional shooter andOlympic athlete. He won the gold medal in the men’s skeet at the 2008 Summer Olympics inBeijing and created an Olympic record and 2012 Summer Olympics in London. At age of 16, he won his first World Championship title in men’s skeet and went on to win theprestigious “Shooter of the Year” award. He also won World Championships in 2009 and 2015.Hancock also qualified for the Olympic team and represented the United States in Rio in 2016.
#4 Lin Junmin (China)Lin Junmin, born on 31 August 1996 is a Chinese professional shooter. He participated atthe 2018 ISSF World Shooting Championships, winning a Gold medal in 25m rapid fire Pistoland also in 25m team rapid fire pistol.
#5 Abhinav Bindra (India)Abhinav Bindra, born on 28 September 1982 is a retired professional shooter from India. He is aformer World and Olympic champion in the 10m Air Rifle event. His 10m Air Rifle Gold medalat the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, made him the first Indian to win an individual gold medal atthe Olympic Games.
#6 Kimberly Rhode (U.S.A)Kimberly Susan Rhode, born on July 16 1979 is an American professional shooter. Sheparticipates in the double trap and skeet event. She is a six-time national champion in double trapand six-time Olympic medal winner including three golds.
#7 Anna Korakaki (Greece)Anna Korakaki, born on 8 April 1996 is a professional Greek shooter and represents Greece inthe Air Pistol event. She won a gold medal in the 25m pistol and a bronze medal in the 10m airpistol at the 2016 Summer Olympics. At the age of 20 and in her first Olympic appearance, shebecame the first Greek woman to win two Olympic medals and the first Greek athlete in generalsince 1912.
#8 James Willett (Australia)James Willett, born on 23 December 1995 is a professional Australian shooter and competed inthe men’s double trap event at the 2016 Summer Olympics and won a Bronze Medal in Trapevent in 2017 Brisbane Games.
#9 Tomasz Bartnik (Poland)Tomasz Bartnik, born on 15 January 1990 is a professional Polish shooter. He won the goldmedal in 50 m rifle 3 positions at the 2018 ISSF World Shooting Championships.
#10 Shahzar Rizvi (India)Shahzar Rizvi, born on 18 June 1994 is an Indian professional shooter who competes in the 10mair pistol event. He won a gold medal in the 2017 Commonwealth Shooting Championship and2018 ISSF World Cup. In 2018, he along with Omprakash Mitharwal defeated all gold medalistOlympians in ISSF World Cup in Mexico.