Happy Birthday Rahi Sarnobat: 5 Lesser-Known Things to Know About India’s Ace Pistol Shooter
Rahi Sarnobat (Photo Credits: Getty Images)

Indian Shooter Rahi Sarnobat celebrates her birthday on Wednesday (October 30). The ace Indian female shooter turned 29 years old. Sarnobat has brought multiple accolades for India in the sport of shooting. She is a 25-meter pistol specialist and won medals in prominent tournaments like ISSF World Cup, Commonwealth Games and Asian Games. Hailing from Maharashtra, Sarnobat has become a prominent name in Indian shooting due to her immense talent in the sport and multiple laurels for the country. Rahi Sarnobat of India Wins Gold in 25m Pistol Event in ISSF World Cup 2019, Consoles Manu Bhaker Who Finishes 5th (View Pic). 

In ISSF World Cup tournaments, she won a bronze medal in 2011, a gold medal in 2013 and 2019. In Commonwealth Games, she won a gold medal and a silver medal in 2010 and also won a gold medal in 2014. In Asian Games, Sarnobat won a bronze medal in 2014 and a gold medal in 2018. As the Indian shooter turns 29 years old, we look at some of the lesser-known things to know about her. Femina Magazine Features Swapna Barman, Vinesh Phogat, Rahi Sarnobat, and Hima Das on Its Cover: See Pic of the Asian Games 2018 Medal Winners. 


  1. Rahi  Sarnobat hails from Kolhapur district in Maharashtra.
  2. She is inspired by the fellow Maharashtrian shooter and 50m rifle pro World Champion Tejaswini Sawant.
  3. She became India's first pistol shooter to win a gold medal in the World Cup after winning gold at ISSF World Cup 2013 in South Korea in 25-meter pistol event.
  4. In Asian Games 2018, she became the first Indian woman to win individual Asian Games gold in pistol shooting.
  5. After qualifying for Tokyo Olympics 2020, she became the first Indian shooter to qualify for 25-meter-pistol event in the Olympics.


In 2015, Sarnobat was recommended for the prestigious Arjuna Award by National Rifle Association of India (NRAI). She is preparing hard for the Tokyo Olympics 2020. We wish you best of luck for Tokyo and once again Happy Birthday!