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Apurvi Chandela


ABOUT
ABOUT

SportShooting
Event10m Women’s Air Rifle
StateRajasthan
Medal Record
2019 ISSF World CupGold
2019 ISSF World CupGold
2014 Commonwealth GamesGold
2015 World Cup FinalSilver

Apurvi Chandela is an Indian woman shooter born on 4th January 1993. She hails from Jaipur in Rajasthan. She represents India in 10m air rifle at international events.


Background


Apurvi Chandela was born to Kuldeep Singh Chandela and Bindu Rathore. She belongs to a family of sports lovers. Her father is a hotelier and sports enthusiast and her mother was a national basketball player.


Initially, Apurvi ambitioned to become a sports journalist because of her love for sports. Later, she dropped the plan and decided to try shooting after she was inspired by Abhinav Bindra’s Gold medal win at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. After taking up shooting, Apurvi had to travel at least 45 kilometers from her home to the shooting range before her father had set up a shooting range for her to practice at their home. Even her uncle had set up a shooting range for her in his backyard.


Her parents and uncle are very supportive of her decision to take up the shooting. Apurvi did manage to maintain the balance between her studies and shooting. She is a graduate of Delhi University in Sociology (Hons.).


Rise to Glory


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Apurvi Chandela won a Bronze medal in the state-level championship and did pretty well at the junior nationals in shooting before she broke into senior nationals in 2012. In the first year of her debut on the senior circuit, she won a Gold medal in a 10m air rifle event at the National Shooting Championships held in New Delhi in 2012.


Apurvi won her first international medal in 2014 at the Intershoot Championships in The Hague, Netherlands, where she won a total of 4 medals, 2 medals each in Individual and Team events. In 2020, she won a Gold medal at the private shooting competition in Austria.


Major Achievements


Apurvi Chandela caught the limelight at the age of 21 when she won a Gold medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in 10m air rifle individual held in Glasgow, Scotland. In 2015, she competed in her debut ISSF World Cup in Changwon, China, and won a Bronze medal. In that same year, she won a Silver medal at the ISSF World Cup Final held in Munich.


In 2018, She won a Bronze medal in 10m air rifle individual in her 2nd Commonwealth Games participation in Gold Coast, Australia. Later in that year, Apurvi made her Asain Games debut held in Jakarta and won a Bronze medal with Ravi Kumar in a 10m air rifle mixed event.


At the 2019 ISSF World Cup, She clinched 3 Gold medals and a Silver medal. 2 Gold medals in 10m air rifle individual (each in Munich and New Delhi), a Gold and a Silver in 10m air rifle mixed in Rio de Janeiro and Munich respectively. In the same year, she also won a Silver at the ISSF World Cup Final in Putain.


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Apurvi Chandela had qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympics after she won a Bronze medal at the 2015 ISSF World Cup but finished 34th in the qualification round of the 10m air rifle event. She will be representing India again at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.



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