Chinki Yadav is an Indian shooter born on 26th November 1997. She hails from the Bhopal district of Madhya Pradesh. She represents India in a 25m air pistol in international events.
Chinki Yadav was born to Mehtab Singh Yadav and his wife. She comes from a financially weak family and lived with her parents and brother in a single-room dormitory on the premises of Tatya Tope Nagar Sports Complex. Chinki’s father, Mehtab, is an electrician working in the sports complex and her mother is a homemaker.
Chinki is an athletic girl who dabbled well in several competitive sports, including Gymnastics. In 2011, she decided to give summer trails for shooting at the Madhya Pradesh Shooting Academy where she made up her mind to pursue an interest in shooting. A year later, she began to take up shooting seriously at the age of 14. Chinki’s brother, Rajesh, too picked up shooting but didn’t pursue the sport as seriously as Chinki. She chose pistol shooting and trained under former World No.1 pistol shooter Jaspal Rana. Her training expenses were bored by the MP Shooting Academy.
Despite having financial constraints, Chinki’s father wholeheartedly supported her shooting ambitions and allowed her to pursue the sports without letting any problems come in her way.
Rise to Glory
After receiving training from the academy under the coach Jaspal Rana, Chinki gradually and steadily flourished into a professional shooter. Chinki Yadav won medals in state-level shooting competitions and Junior nationals before she made her way into the senior women’s team in 2019.
In 2019, she won a Gold medal at the All India Kumar Surendra Singh Memorial Shooting Championships in 25m air pistol event by beating India’s experienced women shooters Rani Sarnobat and Heena Sidhu. In that same year, she won a Gold and a Silver in 25m air pistol Individual and 25m air pistol Team respectively at the National Shooting Championship.
Chinki Yadav made her international debut at the 2015 Asian Shooting Championships, where she won her first international medal by clinching Bronze in 25m air pistol women’s junior held in Kuwait.
In 2016, Chinki got an international breakthrough in her career when she won her first international Gold medal in the 25m air pistol team event at the ISSF World Cup held in Gabala, Azerbaijan. In the same year, she won a Bronze medal in the 25m air pistol team event at the ISSF World Cup held at Suhl in Germany. A year later, she won a Bronze medal in the 25m air pistol team event at the 2017 ISSF World Junior Championships.
Chinki Yadav competed at the 2019 ISSF World Cup held in Beijing but failed to make it to the final of the event in 25m air pistol after she finished 95th in the qualification round. Later that year, she participated in the Asian Shooting Championships where she scored 588 points and qualified for the final after finishing in the qualification round. In the final, she didn’t win a medal as she finished in 6th position. However, her qualification to the final of the event earned her Olympics berth in the Women’s 25m air pistol category at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. This will be Chinki Yadav’s debut international appearance at the multi-sports event.