New Delhi: Vijay Kumar, the small town boy and Indian Army personnel, who made India proud at the London Olympics, has announced his arrival at the big stage. With wishes pouring from the entire country he managed a special one from the new President of India Pranab Mukherjee as he clinched silver at the elite games.
"I would like to extend my hearty congratulations and best wishes to you for having done India proud by winning a silver medal at the 25-metre rapid fire pistol event of the London Olympics," the President, in a written statement, said.
"The whole country joins you and your family in celebrating this impressive achievement," he added.
Vijay Kumar, a junior commissioned officer (JCO), finished second in the men's 25-metre rapid fire pistol to give the country its second medal from the Games, after marksman Gagan Narang opened India's tally Monday by shooting a bronze in men's 10m air rifle competition at the Royal Artillery Barracks.
Kumar, thus, became the second Indian after double trap shooter Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, to win an individual Olympic silver medal.
Rathore achieved his feat in 2004 Athens Games.