Vijay Kumar Sharma
The President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee presenting the Padma Shri Award to Vijay Kumar, in 2013
Personal details
Born (1985-08-19) 19 August 1985 (age 38)
Harsour, Hamirpur
Himachal Pradesh, India
Military service
Allegiance India
Branch/service Indian Army
Years of service2001 – 2017
Rank Honorary Captain
AwardsPadma Shri
Ati Vishisht Seva Medal
Sena Medal
Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna
Arjuna Award
Sports career
Event25 metre rapid fire pistol
Medal record
Men's shooting[1]
Representing  India
Event 1st 2nd 3rd
Olympic Games 1
Commonwealth Games 5 1
Asian Games - 1 2
ISSF World Shooting Championship - 2 -
Total 5 5 2
Olympic Games
Silver medal – second place 2012 London 25 m rapid fire pistol
ISSF World Shooting Championships
Silver medal – second place 2009 Beijing 25m Rapid Fire Pistol
Silver medal – second place 2011 Fort Benning 25m Rapid Fire Pistol
Commonwealth Games
Gold medal – first place 2006 Melbourne 25m Rapid Fire Pistol (Singles)
Gold medal – first place 2006 Melbourne 25m Rapid Fire Pistol (Pairs)
Gold medal – first place 2010 Delhi 25 metre rapid fire pistol pairs
Gold medal – first place 2010 Delhi 25 metre rapid fire pistol singles
Gold medal – first place 2010 Delhi 25-metre centre fire pistol pairs
Silver medal – second place 2010 Delhi 25-metre centre fire pistol singles
Asian Games
Silver medal – second place 2014 Incheon 25m Centre Fire Pistol (Team)
Bronze medal – third place 2006 Doha 25m Rapid Fire Pistol
Bronze medal – third place 2010 Guangzhou 25m Centre Fire Pistol

Honorary Captain Vijay Kumar Sharma, AVSM, SM (born 19 August 1985) is an Indian sport shooter. He won the silver medal in the individual 25 metre rapid fire pistol event at the 2012 Summer Olympics.[2] Kumar hails from Barsar village of Hamirpur district of Himachal Pradesh and is a retired Subedar Major (Warrant Officer Class I) in the Dogra Regiment (16th Battalion) Indian Army, who was later promoted to Honorary Captain Rank.[3] Vijay Kumar is supported by the Olympic Gold Quest initiative. He is the only Indian to have won a medal at 25m rapid Fire Pistol . He has been posted at Indian Army Marksmanship Unit (AMU) Mhow since 2003 where he is being coached by the Russian Pavel Smirnov.

Early life and background

Born in Himachal Pradesh, Kumar is the son of Banku Ram, a retired Indian Army subedar, and his wife Roshni Devi. According to his father, while Kumar was "always intrigued" by his father's guns, he only developed his interest in shooting after enlisting in the Indian Army.[4] Kumar joined the Indian Army in 2001 as a sepoy (private), and was inducted into the Army Marksmanship Unit (AMU) at Mhow in 2003. His prowess ensured him a direct promotion from sepoy to havildar (sergeant) by 2006.[5] He was promoted to naib subedar on 20 April 2006.[6]

Shooting career

Early career (2006-2009)

At the 2006 Commonwealth Games, he won two gold medals: the individual 25 meter rapid fire pistol competition and the pairs competition in the same event together with Pemba Tamang. The same year, he won a bronze medal in the Asian Games.[7] In 2006, he was awarded the Arjuna award by the Indian government.[8]

In 2007, he finished second at the Asian Championship in 25 metre center-fire pistol. He also won a silver medal at the 2009 ISSF World Cup Beijing in rapid fire pistol, where he was defeated by 0.1 points. He was promoted to subedar on 10 February 2009 (seniority from 1 July 2008)[9]

Commonwealth and Olympic glory (2010-14)

In the 2010 Commonwealth Games, he won three gold medals and one silver. In 25 metre rapid fire pistol pairs, Gurpreet Singh and Vijay Kumar won the gold medal scoring 1162 points, setting a new Commonwealth games record. He won the 25 meter rapid fire pistol singles event and also teamed up with Harpreet Singh to win the 25-metre center fire pistol pairs event. In the 25-metre centre fire pistol singles, he finished second winning a silver, losing out to fellow Indian Harpreet Singh.

Kumar won the Silver Medal in the 25 m rapid fire pistol event at 2012 London Olympics.[10] He finished with an average score of 9.767 and had a score of 293 with 7 inner 10s in the first stage. Vijay's silver was the second medal for India at London 2012.[11] Earlier Kumar failed to qualify for the men's 10 m air pistol finals after finishing 31st on 28 July 2012.[12]

Kumar was chosen to be the Indian flagbearer at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.[8] The Indian trio of Vijay Kumar, Pemba Tamang and Gurpreet Singh won the silver medal in the 25m center fire event at the 2014 Asian Games, held at Incheon, South Korea. The team scored a total of 1740, two behind gold medalists China.[13]

Later career

Vijay Kumar retired from the army in 2017, after 15 years of service. As of 2019, he is finishing a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Manav Rachna University in Faridabad, and has been offered a direct-entry position as deputy superintendent of police (DSP) by the Himachal Pradesh state government.[14]

Performance timelines

25 metre rapid fire pistol

2002 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Olympic Games Not held Not held 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Silver Not held
World Championships Not held 34th
Not held 11th
Not held 36th
Not held
Asian Games/AC 4th
Not held 7th
Not held
Commonwealth Games Not held 1st place, gold medalist(s) Gold
Not held 1st place, gold medalist(s) Gold
Not held 8th
Not held
World Cup 1 19th
World Cup 2 12th
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Silver
World Cup 3 37th
World Cup 4 38th
World Cup Final NQ NQ NQ yes Qualified

25 metre center-fire pistol

2006 2007
World Championships 27th
Not held
Asian Games/AC 9th
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Silver
Commonwealth Games Not held

25-metre standard pistol

World Championships Not held
Asian Games/AC 12th
Commonwealth Games Not held Olympics 12 Not held

10 metre air pistol

Olympic Games Not held
World Championships 2nd
Asian Games/AC
Commonwealth Games Not held
World Cup 1
World Cup 2
World Cup 3 89th
World Cup 4 73rd
World Cup Final NQ

Awards and recognition

For winning the silver medal at 2012 London Olympics:

Medal bar

Padma Shri Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Sena Medal Meritorious Service Medal 50th Anniversary of Independence Medal 9 Years Long Service Medal



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  12. ^ "Vijay Kumar fails to qualify for 10m Air Pistol finals". The Times of India. London. Press Trust of India. 29 July 2012. Retrieved 3 August 2012.
  13. ^ "Asian Games: Indian men win 25m centre fire pistol silver". rediff news. 26 September 2014. Retrieved 4 November 2014.
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  16. ^ "359 Republic Day Gallantry and other Defence Decorations Announced".
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  18. ^ "Part I-Section 4: Ministry of Defence (Army Branch)". The Gazette of India. 8 June 2013. p. 871.
  19. ^ "Vijay Kumar wins Olympic silver: Re 1 cash reward announced". The Economic Times. 3 August 2012.
  20. ^ "Rajasthan announces cash awards for Olympic winners Vijay Kumar, Sushil Kumar, Mary Kom, Saina Nehwal and others". The Times Of India. 13 August 2012.
  21. ^ "Vijay Kumar : Services Best Sportsman". Hillpost. 19 October 2012. Retrieved 28 July 2019.