It was a milestone in her career when shooter Apurvi Chandela on Tuesday climbed to the No. 1 position in ISSF World Rankings in 10m Air Rifle with 1,926 rankings points. In February, she had broken the World Record to register India’s first gold medal at the ISSF World Cup 2019 in New Delhi.
In a tweet, she wrote “World Number 1. Touched a milestone in my shooting career today!!” And we couldn’t agree more. Kudos to this amazing girl!
Earlier, this month, she managed to reach her fifth ISSF final in less than two years at Beijing. Apurvi topped the qualification charts with 630.9 points after 60 shots but eventually finished outside the podium, finishing at the sixth position.
The young lady who has proved her mettle time and again is all set for her next big achievement in her shooting career and we shed some light on the other side of her personality through these facts and pictures from her life story.
Interesting Facts about Apurvi
Apurvi Chandela was born and brought up in Jaipur. Her father, Kuldeep Singh Chandela, is a hotelier and her mother, Bindu Rathore, is a homemaker. Apurvi graduated from Jesus and Mary College, Delhi University. She has a degree in Sociology with honours.
She wanted to pursue sports journalism until she saw Bindra win India’s first individual gold medal in Olympics at the 2008 Beijing Games.
Her dedication towards the game knew no bound and within two weeks into the sport, she bagged a bronze medal in state-level competition. When she went to a local shooting range in Jaipur – not comfortable with a piston, she picked up a rifle and ended up shooting a complete ten!
Apart from shooting, Chandela is fond of travelling and visiting new places around the globe. She generally travels with her parents and likes to click pictures of a variety of foods that she enjoys on her vacation. (At least that’s what her Instagram says!)
She also likes to read and loves to play basketball.
Her family has always been her biggest support. Her father encouraged her right from the beginning of her career, her uncle built a shooting range for her, and so it isn’t surprising that she takes her family to all her tournaments. Her parents accompany her for international tournaments as well.
Apurvi is a huge animal lover. She loves to click pictures with different animals whenever and wherever she travels. She herself has dogs as pets at her home. Unwinding with her three dogs is the most relaxing part of her day.
Apurvi trains for around six hours every day. She also does yoga and meditates for mental fitness.
Some of her other accolades include –
10m Air Rifle World Record 2019 – Gold medal, ISSF World Cup, Changwon 2015 – Bronze medal, Commonwealth Games, Glasgow 2014 – Gold medal, National Championships, Delhi 2012 – Gold medal, Intershoot Competition, Netherlands 2014 – Gold and Bronze medals.
Chandela is among the six Indian shooters who have secured 2020 Tokyo Olympic quotas. Apart from Chandela, who has earned a quota in 10m air rifle women, Moudgil (10m air rifle women), Saurabh Choudhary (10m Air Pistol men) and Divyansh have secured berths in the earlier World Cups and last year’s World Championship.