(Last Updated on : 09-07-2016)
Prakash Nanjappa is an Indian shooter of professional basis. He is the only Indian to compete in 2013 ISSF World Cup that was held in South Korea. This aged Indian shooter has the proficiency in 10 meters and 50 meters Air Pistol events in both international and national arena.
Early life of Prakash Nanjappa
Prakash Nanjappa was born on 29th February in the year 1976 to P. N. Papanna, a national-level shooter. Prakash Nanjappa started shooting in 1999, though motorbike rallies was his primary interest. In 2003, Prakash Nanjappa moved to Canada and worked as a software engineer till 2009, when, on his father's insistence, Prakash Nanjappa quit the job and moved back to India and took up the sport again.
Career of Prakash Nanjappa
Prakash Nanjappa is one and only Indian shooter who competes in the 10 metres air pistol and 50 metre pistol events. Prakash Nanjappa was the only Indian to win a medal in the 2013 ISSF World Cup. There he won bronze in 10 metres air pistol event in Changwon, South Korea. In the same event, Prakash Nanjappa won the silver medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. He won a bronze medal in the 2013 ISSF World Cup in Changwon, South Korea, in the 10 metres air pistol event having scored 180.2 points in the final. In the same year, he suffered from a paralytic attack in the right side of his face, during the World Cup in Granada. Following his recovery, in October 2013, Prakash Nanjappa won the silver medal in the 50 metre pistol event in the Asian Air Gun Championship in Tehran.
Prakash Nanjappa in 2014 Commonwealth Games
In the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Prakash Nanjappa won the silver medal in the 10 m air pistol event, having scored 198.2 points in the final. Earlier, he had topped the qualification round by scoring 580 points.
Prakash Nanjappa in 2016 Rio Olympics
Prakash Nanjappa who is now aged 40 is making a debut in 2016 Rio Olympics after the routine tutorial from Abhinav Bindra and Gagan Narang
. He qualified after finishing eighth in the 50m air pistol event held at Gabala in Azerbaijan, in August 2015.
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