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Apurvi Singh Chandela – an Indian Shooting player.

She is the world champion and currently ranked number one in 10 metre air rifle shooting.


Apurvi Chandela

Chandela was born on 4 January 1993 in Jaipur, Rajasthan.

Chandela was born on 4 January 1993 in Jaipur, Rajasthan. Her father is Kuldeep Singh Chandela, a hotelier and a sports enthusiast, and mother is Bindu Rathore who was a basketball player. She did her schooling from Mayo College Girls School Ajmer & Maharani Gayatri Devi Girls’ School, Jaipur. She studied Sociology honours from Jesus and Mary College, Delhi University.

In her early years, Chandela wanted to become a sports journalist, but she was inspired to take up shooting as a sport by Abhinav Bindra’s performance at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, where he won a gold medal in shooting. Initially, she had to travel for 45 minutes to reach a shooting range in Jaipur. Later on, her parents set up a shooting range for 10-metre air rifle practice for her at their home.

In 2009, Chandela won the All India School Shooting Competition, and Senior national shooting championship in 2012. She registered podium finishes at national events least six times during 2012-2019.

Chandela enjoys reading in her free time and practices meditation to enhance her focus to help her game.

In 2012, Chandela won the gold medal in the 10 metres air rifle event at the National shooting championships in New Delhi, her first year in the senior circuit. In 2014, she won four medals at the Intershoot Championships at The Hague, that included two individual and two team medals. In the same year, she won the gold medal in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, having scored 206.7 points in final, in the process creating a new games record. And a year later, she debuted in ISSF World Cup in Changwon, where she won a bronze medal.

Career

In 2012, Chandela won the gold medal in the 10 metres air rifle event at the National shooting championships in New Delhi, her first year in the senior circuit. In 2014, she won four medals at the Intershoot Championships at The Hague, that included two individual and two team medals. In the same year, she won the gold medal in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, having scored 206.7 points in final, in the process creating a new games record. And a year later, she debuted in ISSF World Cup in Changwon, where she won a bronze medal.

Chandela qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympics in the women’s 10m air rifle event, where she finished at 34th position in the qualification round out of 51 contestants. Chandela received the Arjuna Award, from the President of India in 2016.

At the 2018 Asian Games, she paired with Ravi Kumar for the 10 meter air rifle mixed team event, and won a bronze medal. She is being mentored by former National Champion Rakesh Manpat. In the 2018 Commonwealth Games, Chandela won a bronze medal for India. She won the gold medal at the 2019 ISSF World Cup in New Delhi and set a world record of 252.9 in the 10-metre air rifle event. She has secured a gold medal in women’s 10m air rifle at the (ISSF) World Cup 2019.

At the 2018 Asian Games, she paired with Ravi Kumar for the 10 meter air rifle mixed team event, and won a bronze medal.

Chandela also secured a quota spot to participate in the Tokyo Olympics, where she is aiming to win a gold medal for India. In 2020, she won a gold medal at a private tournament in Meyton cop, Austria.

She won the gold medal in the 2019 ISSF World Cup in New Delhi

Awards

Arjuna Award, India 2016Arjuna Award, India 2016

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