From the brink of quitting the sport to booking a slot to the 2012 London Olympics! Well, this is the true story of ace shooter Gagan Narang from Hyderabad who by winning a bronze in the World Championship 10m air rifle event in Munich became the first Indian to book a slot to the Games.

A remarkable achievement considering that Gagan, who is distraught at being ignored once again for the prestigious Rajiv Khel Ratna Award yesterday, was in no mood to compete. But, like a true champion, he put behind the huge disappointment and focussed on what he is more famous for – gunning for glory.

The 27-year-old is known in the sporting circles as one of the most affable and admired characters who rarely vents out his feelings despite going through some of the most difficult times – especially in terms of lack of support. Even now he doesn't complain or question about why someone else got the Award. He is dejected at why he is constantly at the receiving end.

Well, Gagan has every reason to feel slighted. For, during the calendar year 2009 (from January to December), this World No. 2 won two World Cup medals, two Asian championship medals and a world record to cap it all. And, if the question crops up from his friends and family members as to what more he has to achieve, there might not be too many genuine answers.

Well, if proof was needed of his commitment to the sport and the unbridled zeal to keep doing exceptionally well at the highest level, Gagan proved that in Munich. Definitely, he can take pride in already booking a slot for the London Olympics while many Indian athletes are struggling to stay focussed on the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi later this year. This is what separates Gagan from the rest of the crowd!.

Ignored for Rajiv Ratna Khel award, Gagan Narang can take pride for booking a slot for London Olympics