|Event||10m Air Pistol|
|2019 ISSF World Cup||Gold|
Yashaswini Singh Deswal is an Indian pistol shooter born on 30th March 1997. She hails from New Delhi, India. Yashaswini represents India in the 10m air pistol category at International competitions.
Yashaswini Singh Deswal was born to SS Deswal and Saroj Deswal. She hails from the Panchkula city of Haryana. She belongs to a well-to-do family as her father is an IPS officer serving as Director-General of Indo-Tibetan Border Police and her mother is a Chief Commissioner of Income Tax in Panchkula.
Yashaswini took her interest in shooting at the age of 12. India’s success at the 2010 Commonwealth Games inspired her to try her hands at the sport. Her visit to her uncle’s Army unit was a life-changing experience for her as she got a chance to use the army guns and fire in the shooting range.
At the age of 15, Yashaswini began to take shooting professionally and started training under Tajinder Singh Dhillon who helped in shaping her career. Apart from coaching Yashaswini, Tajinder Singh Dhillon is a former Inspector General of Police at the CRPF Academy in Gurugram, situated near the Delhi-Haryana border. Dhillon bought her a pistol. Dhillon had also set up a shooting range at her home in Panchkula and it was later shifted to Delhi when Yashaswini's father got transferred there.
Yashaswini completed her graduation in Economics (Hons) from DAV College in Chandigarh. Jitu Rai is her inspiration and often approaches him for shooting guidance. Jaspal Rana is her national coach.
Rise to Glory
After being trained by Tajinder Singh Dhillon, Yashaswini’s shooting career began to take off. In 2012, the year she took shooting seriously, she won the first Gold medal of her career in the 10m air pistol event in School Nationals held in Pune. Later, she continued to win medals at state and junior competitions.
In 2015, she won a Gold medal in Junior Nationals in the 10m air pistol event and broke into the senior team. She excelled well and won medals at the Senior Shooting Nationals. At the 2016 South Asian Games, she won a Gold medal in a 10m air pistol individual event.
In May 2017, she won the Bronze medal in the 10m air pistol event held at Plzen in the Czech Republic.
Yashaswini made her international debut for India at the 2014 Youth Olympics at Nanjing in China, where she finished 6th in the final of 10m air pistol event. Later that year, she won her first international medal by clinching Silver at the Asian Shooting Championships in 10m air pistol women youth. In 2016, she won her first international Gold medal in the 10m air pistol team event at the Asian Airgun Championships.
In 2016, Yashaswini clinched two Silver medals in a 10m air pistol individual and 10m air pistol team at the ISSF Junior World Cup at Suhl in Germany. Later that year, she won the Gold medal in the 10m air pistol event at the Junior World Cup held in Qabala, Azerbaijan.
A year later, Yashaswini put up a brilliant show at the 2017 ISSF World Junior Championship and won a Gold medal by scoring a junior world record of 253.9 points. In 2019, she won a Silver medal in a 10m air pistol mixed team event at Asian Shooting Championships. Later that year, she secured her Olympics berth at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics after she won a Gold medal in 10m air pistol women individual at the ISSF World Cup held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She also won a Silver medal in the 10m air pistol mixed team at the same event.
Yashaswini will make her Olympics debut at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.