Saurabh Chaudhary Wiki, Height, Age, Family, Biography & More

Saurabh Chaudhary

Saurabh Chaudhary is an Indian 10 m air pistol shooter. In 2018, he became one of the youngest Indian shooters to win a gold medal in the Asian Games.

Wiki/Biography

Saurabh was born on Sunday, 12 May 2002 (age 19 years; as of 2021) in Kalina, Meerut, Uttar Pradesh. His zodiac sign is Taurus. He did his schooling at Guru Govind Singh Public School, Rohta, Uttar Pradesh. [1]YouTube

Physical Appearance

[2]Wikipedia Height: 5′ 8″

Weight (approx.): 60 Kg

Eye Colour: Dark Brown

Hair Colour: Black

Saurabh Chaudhary

Family

His father, Jagmohan Singh Chaudhary, is a farmer. His mother’s name is Brajesh Devi. His elder siblings are Nitin Chaudhary and Sakshi Chaudhary.

Saurabh Chaudhary's father

Saurabh Chaudhary’s father

Saurabh Chaudhary's mother

Saurabh Chaudhary’s mother

Saurabh Chaudhary's brother

Saurabh Chaudhary’s brother

Career

In childhood, he used to visit the local fares in his village where he played shooting games and from there he developed an interest in shooting. At the age of 11, he met the Indian pistol shooting coach Amit Sheoran at the shooting range ‘Veer Shahmal Rifle Club’ in Binauli, Baghpat, Uttar Pradesh, which is 15 km away from his home. Saurabh joined the shooting classes and used to daily go for shooting practice in a local bus along with his friend.

Veer Shahmal Rifle Club at Binauli in Baghpat, Uttar Pradesh

Veer Shahmal Rifle Club at Binauli in Baghpat, Uttar Pradesh

In 2016, he made his first international debut at the Asian Championship in Tehran. With his extensive training, he bagged medals at various national and international competitions including ISSF World Championship, ISSF World Cup, Youth Olympic Games, Asian Games, and Asian Air Gun Championship. He became the youngest Indian to win a gold medal at the Asian Games held in 2018. [3]New Indian Express

 

His personal coach is Amit Sheoran, and his national coach is Jaspal Rana. Saurabh performs in the shooting events AP60, APMIX, and APTEAMM. He has been associated with the shooting club ‘Veer Sahamal Rifle Club.’

Saurabh Chaudhary's coach Amit Sheoran

Saurabh Chaudhary’s coach Amit Sheoran

Saurabh has won many medals in the air pistol mixed team event along with the Indian shooter Manu Bhaker.

Saurabh Chaudhary with Manu Bhaker at ISSF World Cup 2019

Saurabh Chaudhary with Manu Bhaker at ISSF World Cup 2019

In 2018, the Uttar Pradesh Government announced a reward of Rs. 50 lakhs and a gazetted job to Saurabh Chaudhary. In 2021, he was selected in the Olympic quota to represent India at the Tokyo Olympics 2020 in the air pistol shooting competition. The event was postponed to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Records

  • Best Juniors Score: 243.7 (ISSF Junior World Cup, Germany) [4]The Times of India
  • Best Asian Games Score: 240.7 [5]The Indian Express

Medals

Gold

  • 2018: Youth Olympic Games in the event 10m air pistol held in Buenos Aries
  • 2018: World Junior Championship in the event 10m air pistol held in Changwon
  • 2018: Asian Games in the event 10m air pistol held in Palembang
  • 2018: ISSF Junior World Cup in the event 10m air pistol held in Suhl
  • 2018: ISSF Junior World Cup in the event Mixed team 10m air pistol held in Suhl
  • 2018: ISSF Junior World Cup in the event 10m air pistol team junior held in Suhl
  • 2019: ISSF World Cup in the event 10m air pistol held in New Delhi
  • 2019: ISSF World Cup in the event 10m air pistol held in Munich
  • 2019: ISSF World Cup in the event Mixed Team 10m air pistol in New Delhi
  • 2019: ISSF World Cup in the event Mixed Team 10m air pistol in Beijing
  • 2019: ISSF World Cup in the event Mixed Team 10m air pistol in Munich
  • 2019: ISSF World Cup in the event Mixed Team 10m air pistol in Rio de Janeiro
  • 2021: ISSF World Cup in the event 10m air pistol held in New Delhi
  • 2021: ISSF World Cup in the event 10m air pistol mixed team in New Delhi
Saurabh Chaudhary with his gold medal

Saurabh Chaudhary with his gold medal

Silver Medal

  • 2018: ISSF World Shooting Championship in the event 10m air team men in Changwon
  • 2019: ISSF World Cup in the event Mixed Team 10m air pistol in Putian
  • 2019: Asian Shooting Championship in the event 10-meter air pistol in Doha
  • 2019: Asian Shooting Championship in the event 10m air pistol mixed team in Doha
  • 2021: ISSF World Cup in the event 10m air pistol mixed team in New Delhi
  • 2021: ISSF World Cup in the event 10m air pistol mixed team in New Delhi

Bronze Medal

  • 2018: ISSF World Shooting Championship in the event Mixed Team 10m air pistol Junior in Changwon
  • 2019: ISSF World Cup in the event 10m air pistol in Rio de Janeiro
  • 2021: ISSF World Cup in the event 10m air pistol in Osijek

Awards & Honours

  • Emerging Sportsman of the Year Male award at the Indian Sports Honours in 2019

    Saurabh Chaudhary on winning the Indian Sports Honours 2019

    Saurabh Chaudhary on winning the Indian Sports Honours 2019

  • Laxman Award on the occasion of Uttar Pradesh Diwas in 2020
  • Arjuna Award in 2021

 

Facts/Trivia

  • In an interview, while talking about Saurabh, his personal coach Amit Sheoran said,

When he started shooting, we had just a few pistols in 2014. So it was not possible for everyone to do the shooting. So the students used to practice position and strengthening their hands and wrists. I told him to wring a wet sack two times a day because if as a kid if you do it more your hands start shaking. But he would do it four times in the morning and same in the evening. He is just unbelievable. There were no fans. The other kids would stop their practice in smouldering summer afternoons. Not Saurabh. Only 13 then, he would be drenched in sweat but keep shooting. He would always remain focused and calm, like a monk.”

  • When Saurabh started training at the Veer Shahmal Rifle Club in Binauli, Baghpat, Uttar Pradesh, he did not have a pistol of his own. In an interview, his father said

We were not capable enough to buy him a pistol worth Rs. 2 lakhs, so we took a loan to buy a pistol.”

In an interview, talking about it, Saurabh’s brother Nitin said,

We had a discussion among the family members and it was decided we will buy it. Saurabh now has two pistols but he shoots with the first one only, After returning from his practice, he would want to train at home as well. There were too many people at the practice range, so he was never satisfied. So we decided to make this range between the two rooms.”

  • During an interview, Saurabh’s brother shared that Saurabh used to practice shooting late night at home. He further said,

The sound of the pistol would disturb everyone. The neighbours would come the next morning and ask what was happening in the night but slowly everyone got used to it.”

Saurabh Chaudhary while practising shooting

Saurabh Chaudhary while practising shooting

  • After winning a gold medal in the Asian Games 2018, Saurabh said in an interview,

Subah sochke nikla tha, jo hoga dekha jaaega. If I had been thinking, or if something was going on in my mind, I wouldn’t have got this medal. I know these people are big shooters, but I’ve never seen them. I don’t have any role models in shooting really. I just try to get better myself.”

  • In 2018, on his victory in the Asian Games many famous Indian celebrities congratulated him through their social media accounts. The Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi praised Saurabh through one of his tweets.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi's tweet about Saurabh Chaudhary

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s tweet about Saurabh Chaudhary

  • In an interview, while talking about Saurabh, his father said,

Uski duniya uske dimag ke andar hai [his world is in his mind]. Even we have not fully understood him and his nature. He just needs his pistol and the shooting range and that is all he cares about. He doesn’t fuss over anything else, Even if you are sitting behind him while he is training, he is unaffected. He keeps practicing, you don’t realise if it was a good or a bad shot by looking at his face.”

  • Saurabh Chaudhary was listed in the Forbes 30 Under 30 list in 2020.
  • He follows a vegetarian diet. [6]Olympics
  • During an interview, Saurabh shared what he liked doing in his leisure time. He said,

I like farming. We don’t get much time off from training but whenever I do, I go back to my Village (Kalina) and help my father. I did not feel any pressure. I like drawing, prefers to stay away from a phone and divides my day into segments. Morning yoga, then breakfast, then shooting. I got into shooting because I liked the pistol.”

  • Saurabh was featured on the cover page of the digital magazine ‘Kreeda 360’ in the April 2021 edition.

    Saurabh Chaudhary featured on the cover of Kreeda 360

    Saurabh Chaudhary featured on the cover of Kreeda 360

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