SAWANT Tejaswini < Back  
Sport Shooting
CGA India   
Gender Women
Born 12 Sep 1980 in Kolhapur, IND
Height1.58 m
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Family Husband Sameer Darekar
Occupation Athlete
Languages English, Hindi
Higher education Humanities - Shivaji University: Kolhapur, IND
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? She began shooting at age 13 at a range in Dudhali, India.
Why this sport? She was encouraged to take up the sport by her mother.
Name of coach Kuheli Gangulee [personal], IND
Handedness Right eye, right hand
International Debut
Year 2004
Competing for India
Tournament South Asian Games
Location Islamabad, PAK
General Interest
Nicknames Teju (timesofindia.indiatimes.com, 10 Aug 2010)
Memorable sporting achievement Winning gold in the 50m rifle prone event at the 2010 World Championships in Munich, Germany. (gc2018.com, 05 Nov 2017)
Hero / Idol Russian shooter Lyubov Galkina. (gc2018.com, 05 Nov 2017)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs She listens to calming music before she competes. (dnaindia.com, 10 Aug 2010)
Sporting philosophy / motto "The more problems you face in pursuit of your dreams, the more delightful your success becomes." (ndtv.com, 08 Aug 2010)
Awards and honours In 2011 she received the Arjuna Award from the government of India. (veethi.com, 30 Dec 2012)
Famous relatives Her mother Sunita Sawant has played cricket and volleyball at state level in India. (newschoupal.com, 09 Aug 2010)
Ambitions To win a medal at the Olympic Games. (gc2018.com, 05 Nov 2017)
Other information NATIONAL FIRST
She became the first Indian woman to win a gold medal in any shooting discipline at a world championships, when she claimed victory in the 50m rifle prone event at the 2010 edition of the tournament in Munich, Germany. (bbc.com, 09 Aug 2010; SportsDeskOnline, 18 Apr 2018)