(Last Updated on : 03/01/2015)
Samaresh Jung is an Indian athlete hailing from Himachal Pradesh
. Samaresh Jung was born on 5th May in the year 1970. Samaresh Jung is an air pistol specialist. In the year 2002, at Commonwealth Games in Manchester, Samaresh Jung won two gold medals, in the men's free pistol pairs and in the open event of 25 m standard pistol pairs, both in partnership with Jaspal Rana
, another shooter hailing from India. Samaresh Jung contested in the 10 m air pistol and 50 m pistol events at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. But he failed to reach the finals in both events.
Early Life of Samaresh Jung
Samresh Jung was born on 5th May 1970, in Haripur khol Nahan Himachal Pradesh. He was the son of a retired colonel of the Indian Army
. Samaresh Jung learnt the art of shooting from his grandfather, Sher Jung, who was a freedom fighter, besides being an ace shooter. He completed his preliminary education from the Modern School in Delhi
. Thereafter, Samaresh Jung enrolled himself at the Osmania University
which is now in Telangana, from where he gained his graduation degree.
Career of Samaresh Jung
On 3rd October 2010, Samaresh Jung had the honour of bearing the Queen's Baton in its Opening Ceremony run in the stadium for the 2010 Commonwealth Games of Delhi. At the 2006 Commonwealth Games, Samaresh Jung was in argument for eight medals. Starting off with silver, he finally won five Gold medals, one silver medal and one bronze medal. After winning the one silver and five gold, nerves got the better of him in the 25m centre fire pistol individual event where he won a bronze. In the standard fire pistol individual competition, his gun malfunctioned and he fell out of contention for a medal in that event. He was given the David Dixon Award at the closing ceremony, an award to recognise the "Best Athlete of the 18th Commonwealth Games". He was dubbed "Goldfinger" by the volunteers at the Commonwealth Games.
Award Received by Samaresh Jung
Samaresh Jung was awarded Arjuna Award in the year 2002. He also won two gold medals (men's free pistol pairs and open standard pistol pairs, each with Jaspal Rana) and 3 silver medals (air pistol individual, free pistol individual and free pistol pairs, the last with Rana). In the year 2004, he won the SAF Games in one silver medal of 25m standard pistol. In the year 2005, he won the fifth Commonwealth Shooting Championship in two gold medals, two silver medals, and one bronze medal. In Indian National Games, he won one gold medal of 10m air pistol. In the year 2006 Commonwealth Games, he was awarded David Dixon Award (as best athlete of the Games); 5 gold medals (men's 50m pistol, men's 10m air pistol, men's 25m centre fire pistol pairs (with Jaspal Rana), men's 10m air pistol pairs (with Vivek Singh, and men's 25m standard pistol pairs (with Ronak Pandit), 1 silver medal (men's 50m pistol pairs with Singh), and 1 bronze medal (men's 25m centre fire pistol).
Personal Life of Samaresh Jung
Samaresh Jung is employed with the CISF and lives in New Delhi.