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Asiad silver: Celebrations at Sanjeev Rajput’s home in Yamunanagar

37-year-old Arjuna awardee shooter takes the second position on the podium in the men’s 50m rifle event in the ongoing games in Indonesia

india Updated: Aug 24, 2018 11:35 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Yamunanagar
Asiad games,Sanjeev Rajput,Yamunanagar
Relatives offering sweets to Sanjeev Rajput’s father KL Rajput at his house in Jagadhri, Yamunanagar, on Tuesday.(HT Photo)

Celebrations broke out on Tuesday at the home of Sanjeev Rajput, who has won silver medal in the men’s 50m rifle 3 positions event in the Asian Games in Indonesia.

Relatives and local residents thronged Rajput’s house in Jagadhri town of Yamunanagar district to congratulate his father KL Rajput and mother Usha Rani. Sweets were being distributed to the visitors amid exchange of greetings.

Talking to HT, Sanjeev’s father said, “We are proud of our son and are very happy over his achievement. Once again, he has brought laurels not only to Yamunanagar and Haryana but to the entire country.” His father, who was a earlier street food vendor, now lives a retired life.

He added, “We appreciate the efforts of the Haryana government for promoting sports in the state and encouraging youths to join sports.”

Rajput was born on January 5, 1981 at Jagadhri. He studied at the SD Public School, Jagadhri. At the age of 18, he joined the Indian Navy as a sailor and also started shooting practice.

His family members said Rajput retired from the Indian Navy about three years ago and bought a house in Faridabad to continue his shooting practice at Delhi as there was no shooting range in Haryana.

His younger brother Manoj runs a jewellery shop in Yamunangar and his elder sister Lalita is married.

The 37-year-old Arjuna awardee had created a Commonwealth Games record and won gold medal in the same category in Australia in April this year.

In 2014, Sanjeev won a silver medal in Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. The Arjuna award was conferred on him in August 2010.

First Published: Aug 22, 2018 12:12 IST