Anjali Bhagwat
Country India
Date of Birth 1969-12-05
Age 48 years
Birth Place India
Major Teams India
Playing Details 10m Air Rifle Team

Biography

Start of sporting career
She began the sport when she was a teenager. (ISSF, 13 Feb 2004)

Reason for taking up this sport
As a cadet in the National Cadet Corps [NCC] she tried her hand at shooting. A visit to a Maharashtra Rifle Association [MRA] competition found her fascinated by the shooting gear. The 1988 National Championships were being held in Mumbai and MRA officials urged members to develop their awareness of the sport by watching the big names competing. She then tried her hand at the rifle prone event and walked away with the silver (hinduonnet.com, 23 Jan 2004)

Ambitions
To win an Olympic gold medal. (rediff.com, 23 Jan 2004)

Hero
US sprinter Carl Lewis. "I started taking part in sports after watching Carl Lewis win four gold medals in Olympics on television. I often visualised myself standing on the podium and the Indian national anthem being played." (coolage.in, 19 Apr 2013; timeswellness.com, 08 Feb 2010) (anjalibhagwat.in, 16 Aug 2014)

Most influential person in career
Her mother and coaches. (Athlete, 16 Sep 2000)

Superstitions / Rituals
"Before entering competition I pray to the target machine, my weapon, ammunition and my self-qualities to give me full support and help me to achieve my goal." (timeswellness.com, 08 Feb 2010)

Sporting philosophy / motto
"Be clear in your mind. Believe in your ability and give one hundred percent to whatever you do. That is my mantra." (timeswellness.com, 08 Feb 2010

Awards
She jointly won India's highest national award for sporting achievements, the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, in 2003 along with sprinter KM Beenamol. (indiantelevision.com, 23 Jan 2004)

In 2000 she received the Arjuna award, India's second-highest sporting award, for her sporting performances. (anjalibhagwat.com, 21 May 2010)


General
NATIONAL FIRSTS
She was the first Indian to win an ISSF Champions Trophy when she won the air rifle mixed event at Munich, Germany in 2002. She became the first Indian shooter to be ranked world no.1 in 10m air rifle in the ISSF rankings. She was also the first Indian shooter to win gold in a World Cup event when she did so at Atlanta, GA, United States in 2003 and the first to win gold in a World Cup final which she achieved in Milan, Italy in 2003. She was also the first Indian female shooter to reach the finals of an Olympic Games and to represent India at three consecutive Olympiads. (anjalibhagwat.in, 21 May 2014; sports.ndtv.com, 24 Oct 2013)

PORTRAYED ON TV
She has been a subject for the Hindi television series 'Mujhe Pankh De Do' [Give Me Wings], which portrays the lives of successful Indian women. (sports.ndtv.com, 24 Oct 2013)