Manish Narwal, the 19 year old shooter, who already has broke the Paralympics records to win gold inP4 Mixed 50m Pistol SH1. He has a family impairment in his right hand and is not able to raise it, not even for receiving GOLD medal for the nation. But for 19 year old Manish, his left arm was enough for lifting the gun and also aiming for Gold at Tokyo Paralympics 2020, adding a Paralympic record to new world record.
The Indian shot a total of 218.2 to win P4 Mixed 50m Pistol SH1 event, after agonizingly missing out on a medal in P1 men’s 10m air pistol SH1, in his debut Paralympics. On Saturday, he was on the edge of elimination and loosing the hope of the nation but fought back remarkable composure to bang the medal many expected him of him. Sighraj Adhana bagged the Silver to make it a sensational double podium and the first one-two finish at the Paralympics.
It seemed like a summation of his journey to get here, almost. A tough start, challenges but when the opportunity arose, he grabbed it with his good arm and made the most of it.
After picking up shooting as a sport in 2016, when he was 15 year old, he was ranked 13th in the world at the age of just 16 and has been a consistently top performer since 2017. Narwal, coming from a sports oriented family in Ballabhgarh in Haryana, had a keen interest in sports from childhood and grew up wanting to become a football player. But his impairment from birth meant he couldn’t quite fulfill that dream.
But at that time he did not know about Paralympics Games and he was practicing and competing with other athletes for fun. His talent was spotted by Coach Jai Prakash Nautiyal and Narwal won an individual gold in P1 Air Pistol SH1 event in the 2017 Bangkok World Cup. Before that, he won gold medal in P1 and silver inP4 in 2018 Asian Para Games in Jakarta.
In 2020 Manish took The Arjuna Award, officially known as the Arjuna Award for Outstanding Performance in Shooting sports. The Arjuna Award was the highest sporting honor of Republic of India. It is awarded annually by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. He qualified for Paralympics Games in Tokyo and represented India Team at the Shooting Paralympics of the 2020 Summer Paralympics.