Swapnil Kusale is an Indian sportsperson who participates in professional shooting. Swapnil and his teammates secured first place at the men’s 50m rifle 3 positions (3P) team event during the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou, China.
Swapnil Suresh Kusale was born on Sunday, 6 August 1995 (age 28 years; as of 2023) in Maharashtra, India. His zodiac sign is Leo. In 2009, Swapnil joined the Krida Prabhodani School in Pune, Maharashtra, a school dedicated to sports. In 2013, Swapnil was picked up by a non-profit organisation named Lakshya Sports. Lakshya Sports sponsored Swapnil Kusale. Swapnil got a job with the Indian Railways. He has served as a Travelling Ticket Examiner (TTE) in the Pune Railway Division.
Height (approx.): 5′ 10″
Weight (approx.): 65 kg
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Parents & Siblings
Swapnil Kusale was born into a farmer’s family. Swapnil has a brother named Suraj Kusale who is also an athlete.
Swapnil’s sports career started in 2009 when his father registered him in the Maharashtra government’s primary sports program, Krida Prabhodini. Swapnil was interested in sports from a very young age and gives credit to his father for recognizing that and enrolling him in the program. Initially, Swapnil was made to focus on physical fitness for a year, and then it was time to pick a sport. Swapnil opted for shooting and was relocated to Nasik to begin his training in shooting. Speaking about coming from a family that did not have a lot of money to spend on sports equipment, Swapnil said,
The Krida Prabhodini programme helped me a lot, gave me free education, housing etc, you name it. But, after a point if you want to take it up seriously you need to spend money. My father took a loan from the bank so that he could help me reach the stage that I am. The cost of each bullet was around Rs 120 at that time, so I had to be very careful while shooting, because I couldn’t obviously afford that much. I didn’t have a lot of the equipment at that time, it was a bit of a restrictive setup.”
In 2013, Lakshya Sports recognised Swapnil’s talents and sponsored him. Swapnil Kusale received training under Coach Deepali Deshpande.
In 2015, Swapnil Kusale was named the Asian Junior Champion. In 2022, Swapnil held the 2nd World Ranking for the 50m rifle 3 positions men’s event at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup. In October 2022, Swapnil Kusale secured a spot for the Paris 2024 Olympics in shooting. He was the third Indian to be selected for the Paris Olympics and did this by finishing fourth in the men’s 50m rifle 3 positions (3P) event at the ISSF World Championship held in Cairo, Egypt.
At the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou, China, Swapnil was close to winning India’s first-ever Asian Games gold in the 50m 3 positions event but scored 7.6 in one of the shots, which put him in fourth place. Swapnil missed out on winning a medal by 0.1 points. However, Swapnil and his teammates Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar and Akhil Sheoran won a gold medal at the 50m rifle team event.
- 2015: 50m rifle 3 position event at the Junior Asian Shooting Championship.
- 2015: 50m prone 3 position event at the 59th Senior National Championship held in Tughlakabad.
- 2016: 50m rifle 3 position men’s event at the 60th National Shooting Championship in Pune.
- 2017: 50m 3 position men’s event at the 61st National Shooting Championship in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.
- 2021: International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup in New Delhi.
- 2021: 64th National Shooting Championship held in Bhopal.
- 2022: 50m rifle 3 positions mixed team event at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup held in Baku, Azerbaijan with teammate Ashi Chouksey.
- 2023: Men’s 50m rifle 3 positions team event at the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou, China.
- 2016: 50m rifle 3 position men’s team event at the 60th National Shooting Championship in Pune.
- 2017: 50m 3 position senior civilian event at the 61st National Shooting Championship in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.
- 2022: 50m Rifle 3 Positions men’s event at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup held in Baku, Azerbaijan.
- 2022: 50m rifle 3 positions team men’s event at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup held in Baku, Azerbaijan.
- 2015: 50m 3 position event at the 59th Senior National Championship held at the Karni Singh Range, Tughlakabad.
- 2017: 50m 3 position senior civilian team event at the 61st National Shooting Championship in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.
- 2017: 50m rifle prone event at the 2017 Commonwealth Shooting Championships in Brisbane, Australia.
- Swapnil Kusale eats non-vegetarian food.
- Swapnil Kusale’s idol is Gagan Narang who is also a professional shooter. In an interview, Swapnil shared,
My proudest moment was shooting against Gagan Narang, he has always been my hero growing up. To be shooting and competing with him is amazing, however, during the competition he is my equal. Whenever I meet him at events we discuss so many things, he has taught me so much. The most important thing that he has taught me is how to remain calm in between shots.”