Golden Young Guns: Rising Stars of Indian Sports

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India’s sporting scene is brimming with young talent From the adrenaline-pumping world of motorsports to the focused precision of shooting ranges, these rising stars are making their mark on national and international competitions.  This listicle dives into the stories of five exceptional young athletes, all under 25, who have clinched medals, including the coveted gold, in their respective sports. Come along as we explore the tales of champions who have triumphed, winning medals and gold in these exciting sports, shaping the history of athletics.

1.Yuven Sundaramoorthy ( Racer ):

 Yuven Sundaramoorthy was born on February 22, 2003, he  is an American racing driver. He currently competes in Indy NXT with Abel Motorsports. He previously drove for Exclusive Motorsport and Pabst Racing. He also came in third in the Copper Tires USF 2000 Championship Series, with four wins, 14 top 10s, nine podiums, and four pole finishes. In India, Sundaramoorthy has completed the MRF Challenge Series and the Formula Race Promotions F1600 Championships with wins and podium finishes.

2. Mirabai Chanu(Weightlifter ):

3. Mirabai Chanu is a renowned Indian weightlifter who has made significant strides in her sport. Born on May 8, 1994, Chanu hails from the state of Manipur. She gained international attention with her exceptional performances in weightlifting competitions. Chanu’s journey to success reached a milestone when she won the silver medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games held in Glasgow, Scotland. This achievement catapulted her into the spotlight, and she continued to excel on the international stage. She is a rising star in weightlifting, Mirabai Chanu won the gold medal in the women’s 48 kg category at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. She is known for her powerful clean and jerk lifts and is a role model for young athletes in India.

4. Atanu Das ( Archer ) :

Atanu Das was born on April 5 1992 . He is an Indian archer. He represents India in the recurve men’s individual and team events. His current world ranking is 9 as of 22 July 2021. He is the spouse of former World No. 1 Indian archer Deepika Kumari. The Indian Men’s recurve team consisting of Atanu Das, Dhiraj Bommadevara and Tushar Shelke won the silver medal at the 2022 Asian Games. They lost the final to Republic of Korea.

5. Avani Lekhara (shooter  ):

Avani Lekhara was born on 8 November 2001 in Jaipur is an Indian Paralympian and rifle shooter from Rajasthan. She won a gold medal in the 10m air rifle standing and a bronze medal in the 50m rifle 3 positions at the 2020 Summer Paralympics. As of January 2023, Lekhara is ranked world no. 1 in Women’s 10m Air Rifle standing SH1 (World Shooting Para Sport Rankings) and has competed in the 2018 Asian Para Games. She is currently supported by OGQ. She is also the first Indian woman to win multiple medals in a single Paralympic Games. She has been given out of turn appointment as Assistant Conservator of Forest (ACF) by the Government of Rajasthan.

6. Pranavi Urs (Golf ): 

Pranavi Urs was born on  15 April 2003 is an amateur Indian golfer . She won the second and third legs of the 2020  Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour. This young golfer has been making waves in the professional circuit. She became the youngest Indian golfer to win a Ladies European Tour title in 2023. She is one to watch for in the world of golf.

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