Anjali Bhagwat, whose full name is Anjali Ramakanta Vedpathak is popularly known to be the Girl who never misses any target. She has won several medals in the 2002 Commonwealth Games. She got in headlines by winning 4 gold medals. She was awarded ‘Arjuna Award’ in 2000 and ‘Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award’ was given to her in the year 2003 for the achievements of the 2002 Commonwealth Games.
Early Life of the Girl who never Misses a Target
Anjali was from a simple Marathi family in Mumbai. From her childhood, she was inspired by Carl Lewis, the famous athlete. She did her first shooting as a cadet of NCC. For getting good training in NCC, she joined Kirti College in Mumbai. At the age of 21, she started her shooting career and took part in the National Championship in 1988 where she won silver.
- Anjali Bhagwat became the second Indian woman to reach the final of the Olympics in 2000. Before that P. T. Usha was the only Indian woman athlete who could reach the finals of the Olympics.
- Anjali Bhagwat received the silver medal in the World Cup finals held at Munich. In the year 2002, she was chosen as the world’s number one ranked player. In addition to this, she won the title of champion of champions.
- In 1998 and 2001, Anjali received four gold medals in the Commonwealth Games. The credit for her success goes to her coaches.
Coach Sanjay Chakraborty and Hungarian coach Leslow Suzak gave Anjali the success by teaching her the technical things about shooting. However, they were also in awe to see the execution of talent in the field by Anjali. She is aptly known to be the Girl who never misses target.
Anjali has worked hard for her success. She forgets anything at the time of the shooting and only focuses on her goal. She said, “At the international level, every shooter has their own coach, psychologist, and manager, who takes care of every player’s needs, this helps the player to move forward. Since we do not get any such facility. So our success is more delightful.”
Anjali Bhagwat is currently working as Inspector in the Central Industrial Security Force under the sports quota.
Noteworthy Awards received by Anjali Bhagwat
This amazing shooter won a lot of awards.
- In 1992, she won Shree Shiv Chattrapati Award. In the very next year, she won two awards – Maharashtra Gaurav Puraskar and Vasantrav Naik Pratishthan Puraskar.
- In 2000, she received Arjuna Award for Shooting from Government of India.
- The year 2002 saw her win Indo-American Society Young Achiever Award.
- The year 2003 was her best year as she won 5 awards that year namely – Times Group Maharashtra Shaan, Hero Indian Sports Award – Best Sportswoman, HISA Sports Woman of the year, HISA Shooter of the year and also the very prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award.
- She got the HISA Shooter of the year award again in 2004.
- In 2005, she won GR8 Women Achievers Award and Teacher’s Achievement Award and in 2006 she won her last award till now FIE Foundation National Award.
Quotes stated by Anjali Bhagwat
“Only those who handle the pressure well and can command their minds, will make their talent count.”
The Vision of Anjali Bhagwat
Anjali was world number 1 in 10m Air Rifle. The only thing she had in her vision is ‘success’. She desires success for herself, success for her country and success for the people she is representing. The Girl who never misses target encourages aspiring rifle shooters to remain calm and stay focused while playing. This helps in aiming and shooting right. She visions of India receiving more medals in international tournaments.
Written By: Hetal Kabra