Source: Hindustan Times (02-Aug-2017)

Shooter Vijay Kumar: Learning 'never to say never' will be key to your growth

Hon. Captain Subedar Major Vijay Kumar Sharma AVSM, SM (born 19 August 1985) 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.

Awards and Recognition

  • Arjuna Award (2007)
  • Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna (2012)
  • Ati Vishisht Seva Medal (2013)
  • Padma Shri (2013)

For winning the silver medal at 2012 London Olympics, ₹1 crore (US$140,000) cash award was awarded by the Government of Himachal Pradesh and ₹50 lakh (US$70,000) by the Government of Rajasthan.

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