Powerlifter Gaurav eyes new glory in shooting

world champion Gaurav Sharma

New Delhi, Aug 22: After making India proud in powerlifting, world champion Gaurav Sharma is now all set to try his hands at the shooting range.

The 32-year-old is currently participating in 35th Delhi State shooting championship (10m pistol event), organized by Delhi State Rifle Association.

“I have been doing shooting from the past six months. I am in a learning process and my coach Falaq Sher Alam is helping me in achieving my new dream,” Gaurav said.

“I know a medal would be difficult in current events but I am sure I can make it big in near future.”

Asked about the reason of switching from powerlifting, Gaurav said, “I always liked it (shooting) after powerlifting and wanted to join it from the past few months.”

Last year, Gaurav was conferred with the prestigious Mahatma Gandhi Leadership Award in London. Gaurav, who took up powerlifting at the age of 17, is a giant of the sport.

He had won two gold medals at the European Championships earlier this year. He had also set a new world record with a lift of 242 kilograms.

The Delhi athlete also clinched two gold medals at the 2016 World Powerlifting Championships in England.

Earlier in 2007, he had won for gold medals at the Commonwealth Championships in New Zealand.

Initially starting out as a weightlifter, Gaurav later switched to powerlifting under the guidance of Dronacharya awardee coach Bhupinder Dhawan. He is also a 'mahant' (priest) at a temple in Chandani Chowk.

News24 Bureau

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