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Shooter Dadi Chandro Tomar: An 89-Year-Old Sharpshooter

Chandro Tomar is believed to be the oldest professional sharpshooter in the world, and she won dozens of medals to prove her credential.

She’s also a feminist icon in India, having mentored and coached dozens of young women in her village and beyond for more than 20 years. A Bollywood movie, Saandh Ki Ankh, is based on her life and that of her sister-in-law, Prakashi Tomar, a fellow competitor.

Ms. Tomar was over 65 when she picked up a gun for the first time, and the arrival of a diminutive older woman from the rural heartland — dressed in her traditional long skirt and head scarf — provoked derision and laughter among participants and spectators during professional competitions. Since then, she has won over 25 medals at state and larger contests, usually competing against men who’ve been shooting professionally for decades.

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