Award Name : Arjuna Award
Year of Award : 2006
Award for : Sports and Games
Location : Hamīrpur, Himachal Pradesh, India
Vijay Kumar is a sport shooter from India. He won the silver medal in the individual 25 metre rapid fire pistol event at the 2012 Summer Olympics. Kumar hails from Barsar village of Hamirpur district of Himachal Pradesh and is a serving Subedar Major (Warrant Officer Class I) in the Dogra Regiment (16th Battalion) Indian Army. Vijay Kumar is supported by the Olympic Gold Quest initiative. He has been posted at Indian Army Marksmanship Unit (AMU) Mhow since 2003 where he is being coached by the Russian Pavel Smirnov. He was born in 1985 in Harsour village of Hamirpur district of Himachal Pradesh. Vijay Kumar is employed at Indian army as a subedar. He started his medal hunt in 2006 Commonwealth Games and in that he won two gold medals in the individual and pairs event of 25 meter rapid fire pistol. Then he went on to win the bronze medal in the Asian Games 2006 and in 2007, he grabbed the Asian Championships in the 25 m center fire pistol.
In 2010 Commonwealth Games he was able to grab 3 gold medals and one silver medal in rapid fire pistol pairs and singles events and in center fire pistol pairs and individual events. In recognition to his talents, he was awarded Arjuna Award in 2007 by the Government of India.