Tejaswini Sawant created history on Sunday after she became the first Indian woman shooter to clinch a gold medal at the World Championship by finishing on top with a world-record equalling score in the 50m Rifle Prone event in Munich, Germany.
Twenty-nine-year-old Tejaswini Sawant has become the heroine of her hometown Kolhapur after becoming the first Indian woman shooter to win a gold at the World Championship in Munich on Sunday. Sawant shot a score of 597 (100, 100, 100, 99, 99, 99) out of 600 points in the 50-metre rifle prone to equal the record set by Russia’s Marina Bobkova in 1998. Second-placed Joanna Ewa Nowakowska of Poland also shot a 597 but the Indian won the gold as she had more bull’s-eye hits – 41.
“I dedicate this gold to my father,” she said. Her father, Ravindra Sawant, a former Navy officer, passed away on February 23 when she was competing at the Commonwealth Championships here.
Life History of Tejaswini Sawant
Tejaswini Sawant, born in 12 September 1980, is an Indian shooter from the Maharashtrian city of Kolhapur. In 2006, she won gold medals in Women’s 10m Air Rifle singles and Women’s 10m Air Rifle Pairs (with Avneet Kaur Sidhu) events at the Commonwealth Games at Melbourne. In 2010 she became the World Champion in the 50m Rifle Prone event in Munich, Germany. She was selected to represent India at Commonwealth Games ahead of Asian Games gold medallist Anjali Ved Pathak Bhagwat and world record holder Suma Shirur after winning 5 gold medals, 6 silver medals and 5 bronze medals at the national championships. She has also represented India at the 9th South Asian Sports Federation Games in 2004 in Islamabad where she helped India win gold medal.
Sawant won a bronze medal in 50 metre rifle three positions at the 2009 ISSF World Cup in Munich. On 8 August 2010, she became the first Indian woman shooter to win a gold medal at the World Championships with a world-record equalling score in the 50m Rifle Prone event in Munich, Germany.
“The more problems you face in the pursuit of your dreams, the more delightful your success becomes. As far as problems of ammunition shortage are concerned, I never faced them. My practise was never held up because of such issues,” Tejaswini said.
Indiascanner congrates Tejaswini, first indian women shooter to win a gold medal in the world championship in Munich, Germany. She is the first woman to do it for India and it is a proud moment for the country……………..