Samresh Jung won the another gold at the Melbourne Commonwealth games. This is Jung’s fifth gold medal in Melbourne, taking the 35-year-old to a new Commonwealth Games record for India. He now has the most Commonwealth golds won by an Indian.
Putting in an outstanding performance that broke the games record in both the qualification and final scores, Jung was almost eight points clear of the second placed compatriot Vivek Singh, who took the silver. Jung’s five gold medals now equal Australian swimmers Hayley Lewis’ five at the 1990 Auckland Commonwealth Games and Ian Thorpe’s five at Manchester in 2002.
Jung was born in 1970 in Haripur khol. Haripur khol is a sleepy village, 175 km from here, in Sirmaur district in the Shiwalik foothills. His father is a retired colonel of the Indian Army.
Villagers say Jung learnt shooting from his grandfather Sher Jung, who was a freedom fighter besides being an ace shooter. Jung studied at Modern School in Delhi and graduated from Osmania University in Hyderabad. He is currently employed as an inspector with the Central Industrial Security Force. More..
Samresh’s wife who won the Gold in 50m 3 Position Rifle Event