Manavjit Singh Sandhu
Award Name : Arjuna Award
Year of Award : 1998
Award for : Sports and Games
Location : Fīrozpur, Punjab, India
Manavjit Singh Sandhu is an Indian sport shooter who specializes in trap shooting. He is a Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Awardee in 2006 and Arjuna Awardee in 1998. He is a 3 time Olympian, having represented India at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and the 2012 London Olympic Games. He is former World No.1 ranked Trap Shooter. Manavjit Singh Sandhu was born on 3 November 1976 in the village of Ratta Khera in the district of Firozpur, Punjab. His father Gurbir Singh is an Olympian. He schooled at Lawrence School, Sanawar and his college studies were completed at Delhi. He was drawn towards shooting since younger days and he was deeply influenced by his father, who is a shooter. He received initial training from his father.
He won the gold medal at the 2006 ISSF World Shooting Championships, becoming the first Indian shotgun shooter to be crowned World Champion. He has won four silver medals at 1998 Asian Games, 2002 Asian Games and 2006 Asian Games. He won the gold medal at 1998 Commonwealth Games and the bronze medal in the trap event at the 2006 Commonwealth Games. He has won six gold medals at the Asian Clay Shooting Championships. At the 2008 Olympics he finished in 12th place, having finished tied 19th at the 2004 Olympics. In 2010, he won the Commonwealth Shooting Championship gold and the very next week won gold at the World Cup 2010 in Mexico. He won the Gold Medal at the World Cup 2014, Tucson,USA,on 11 April 2014.