Name: Rajat Chauhan
Birthdate: 30 December 1994
Awards: Arjuna Award for Archery
Ahead of the Jakarta Asian Games 2018, also known as Jakarta Palembang 2018, all the Indian sportsperson are gearing up for some new some fierce battles. Among them is Rajat Chauhan, the solid sportsman created history by winning a silver medal in the World Archery Championships in Copenhagen.
Indian archer Chauhan also won a silver medal for India after he put up a fierce fight but went down to Denmark’s Stephan Hansen in the in the men’s compound final at the World Championships in the year 2005. Though he lost by 143-147, he managed to become the first Indian compound archer to win an individual medal at the world championships.
He also won the Gold Medal Asian Games in the year 2014 in Incheon, South Korea, in the men’s compound archery team event, along with other winners including Sandeep Kumar and Abhishek Verma.
Like many other sportsmen, Chauhan had to endure for a very long time, as his father Tarachand Chauhan had sold his Tata Indigo car to finance his son’s archery kit. Just after Chauhan came with a gold medal in 2011 in Bangkok Asian Grand Prix.
But the Indian archer says he did not have archery in his mind while growing up. Media reports say he was more into taekwondo and other martial arts.
In the year 2008, Chauhan was selected for trials at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium in Jaipur, Rajasthan and under the guidance of his coach Kamlesh Sharma, the 16-year-old honed became the champion the country see today.