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Meet the 'Khel Ratna' of Rajasthan

The land of our Rajasthan has given the world of sports more than a bliss. So let's know about those players.

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Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore (Shooter)

Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore (Shooter)

Krishna Poonia (Discus Thrower)

Krishna Poonia (Discus Thrower)

Devendra Jhajharia (Paralympian Javalin Thrower)

Devendra Jhajharia (Paralympian Javalin Thrower)

Apurvi Chandela (Shooter)

Apurvi Chandela (Shooter)

The land of our Rajasthan has given the world of sports more than one reason to cherish. Those who have traveled from the soil of the field to Medal on their own hard work and passion have elevated the name of Rajasthan all over the world. So let's know about those players today.


Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore

Sports:  Shooting

Major achievements:

  • Gold Medal in 2002 Commonwealth Games, Manchester
  • Silver Medal in 2004 Athens Olympics
  • Gold Medal in 2006 Commonwealth Games, Melbourne

Record:

  • Commonwealth Games Record of 192 targets out of 200 (still stands)
  • India's first ever individual silver at the Olympics

Awards & Recognitions:

  • 2003                       Arjuna Award
  • 2004                       Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna (Highest Sporting Honour of India)
  • 2005                       Padma Shri
  • 2017-Present          Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports
  • 2018-Present          Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Ministry of Information and Broadcasting


Krishna Poonia

Sports: Discus Throw

Major achievements:

  • Gold Medal in 2010 Commonwealth Games, Delhi

Record:

  • First Indian woman athlete to win the Gold Medal in track and field events of Commonwealth games
  • National Record with a throw of 64.76 meters in Hawaii, US in 2012

Awards & Recognitions:

  • 2010                       Arjuna Award
  • 2011                       Padma Shri


Devendra Jhajharia

Sports: Paralympic Javelin Throw

Major achievements:

  • Gold Medal in 2004 Summer Paralympics, Athens
  • Gold Medal in 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships, Lyon (France)
  • Gold Medal in 2016 IPC Athletics Asia-Oceania Championship, Dubai
  • Gold Medal in 2016 Summer Paralympics, Rio de Janeiro

Record:

  • First Indian Paralympian to win two gold medals at the Paralympics
  • World Record throw of 63.97 metres
  • First Indian Paralympian to be honored with Padma Shri

Awards & Recognitions:

  • 2004                       Arjuna Award
  • 2012                       Padma Shri
  • 2014                       FICCI Para-Sportsperson of the Year
  • 2017                       Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna


Apurvi Chandela

Sports: Shooting

Major achievements:

  • Gold Medal in 2012 National Shooting Championships, New Delhi
  • Gold Medal in 2014 Commonwealth Games, Glasgow

Record:

  • Highest score (206.7 points) in a Commonwealth Games Final

Awards & Recognitions:

  • 2016                       Arjuna Award

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