Awarded the Arjuna Award in 2017, Prakash Nanjappa’s career has been nothing short of a roller coaster ride.
Prakash took up shooting in 1999 on insistence of his father PN Papanna, a national level shooter himself. However, he moved to Canada for a job with an MNC after finishing his engineering. In 2008, Nanjappa started shooting again and took part in the Canadian national championships. And that's when he had his first major achievement as he scored 575 points to equal Canada’s national record. This made him quit his job and return to India to take up shooting full time and he hasn’t looked back ever since.
In 2013, Nanjappa became the first Indian pistol shooter to win a World Cup medal. However, the victory was short lived as he suffered a paralytic attack in the right side of his face later in the same year while on his way to Spain for another World Cup.
But in a classic example of indomitable spirit, Nanjappa refused to be bogged down and made a comeback the next year and won a silver medal in the 50-metre pistol event in the Asian Air Gun Championship in Tehran.
The same year Prakash entered the finals of 2 world cups in the 10 m Air Pistol event. Later that year he won a silver medal at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, his first major multi-discipline event.
He earned a quota place for Rio Olympics 2016 after finishing eighth in the finals of 50-metre air pistol event at the 2015 ISSF World Cup in Gabala, Azerbaijan and at the age of 40 was the oldest Indian shooter to make an Olympic debut.
Prakash is disciplined and works hard to win laurels for India with single-minded focus. OGQ is proud to support Prakash.
- Bronze Medal – 10m Air Pistol – ISSF World Cup, Korea, 2016
- 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, Changwon 2013
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