Prakash Nanjappa

Bangalore, India

DOB – 29th February 1976

Event – Shooting – 10 m Air Pistol and 50 m Pistol

Prakash hails from Bangalore and is an experienced pistol shooter. He has been performing exceedingly well at the world stage over the past 2 years. He was the only Indian shooter to win a medal at a World Cup in 2013. He won the bronze medal at the ISSF Rifle/Pistol World Cup in Changwon, Korea in the 10 m Air Pistol event. In 50 Free Pistol Prakash qualified for the final at the Korea World Cup. He earned a quota place for the 2016 Rio Olympics after finishing eighth in the finals of 50-metre men's pistol event at the ISSF World Cup in Gabala 2015.

Prakash entered the finals of 2 world cups in 2014 in the 10 m Air Pistol event. At the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, he won a Silver medal in the 10 m Air Pistol event. He won a team Bronze medal in the 10 m Air Pistol event at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon.

Prakash started shooting in 1999 on insistence of shooter-coach father in Bangalore. However, after finishing his engineering he landed a job with a MNC in Toronto and moved to Canada. In 2008 he started shooting again and took part in the Canadian national championships. There, he scored 575 points to equal Canada’s national record. He then decided to quit his job and moved back to India to take up shooting seriously. The road to Rio hasn’t been easy. In 2013, Nanjappa became the first Indian pistol shooter to win a World Cup medal and also the oldest. But while on his way to Spain for another World Cup the following month, Prakash suffered facial paralysis. He recovered and returned to the circuit the following year and won a silver medal at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, his first major multi-discipline event

Prakash is dedicated, disciplined and working hard to win laurels for India. OGQ is confident that with the right kind of support he will be able to achieve his aim of winning a medal for India at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

- Silver medal – 10 m Air Pistol – Commonwealth Games, Glasgow 2014
- Bronze medal (Team) – 10 m Air Pistol – Asian Games, Incheon 2014
- Bronze medal – 10 m Air Pistol – ISSF World Cup, Korea 2013

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