August 17, 2004: It was the day that witnessed Major Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore providing the silver lining for Indian sports. Yes, that was his rank in the army then, before he went on to become colonel and then the sports minister of the country.

It was his first Olympics, and the 34-year-old Rathore was practising the sport only for six years. Yet, we had a lot of faith in his ability as he was one of the favourites in double trap. He had qualified for the Games with the World Championships bronze in Nicosia. He had shot 48 out of 50 in that World Championships final, which was a clear indication that he had it in him to strike the big medal. In 2002, he had shot 49 out of 50 to win the Commonwealth Games gold in Bisley, beating world and Olympic champions.

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