Rathore to carry Tri-colour at Beijing opening ceremony

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New Delhi, Aug 4 (UNI) Ace shooter Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore will be the flag bearer of the Indian contingent during the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics which will be held from August 8 to 24.

Rathore won India's first individual silver medal in the double trap event at Athens.

In the 2005 Commonwealth Shooting Championships in Melbourne, he was the member of the winning team in the double trap event.

He won the gold in the individual and team events in Men's double trap at the 2005 Asian Clay Shooting championships at Bangkok.

The gold in the individual event was the third consecutive one for Rathore at the annual events after the ones in 2003 and 2004, thus constituting a hat trick.

He is a Lt Colonel in the Indian Army. An alumnus of National Defence Academy (NDA), Khadakwasla near Pune.

He won the Arjuna award in 2003-2004 for shooting and the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, the highest sporting honour of India, in 2004-2005.

He is a recipient of the Padma Shri the highest civilian award from the Government of India and the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal (AVSM), a non-gallantry award for exceptional service.

He is the first officer from the Indian Army below the rank of brigadier to be awarded the AVSM.

Apart from Rathore, the Indian shooting contingent is also medals from Manavjit Singh Sandhu, Gagan Narang, Abhinav Bindra, Samaresh Jung and Sanjeev Rajput.

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