Apurvi Chandela - The Next Hotshot of Indian Shooting!

Updated: 07 January 2016 18:39 IST

Apurvi Chandela created history on Tuesday night by breaking a world record on her way to winning a gold in the 10m air rifle event at the Swedish Cup Grand Prix.

Apurvi Chandela - The Next Hotshot of Indian Shooting!
Apurvi Chandela is fast becoming the hottest property in world shooting, having already won the Commonwealth Games gold and bronze in the World Cup - all at the age of 23. © AFP

Still only 23 years old, Apurvi Chandela has taken world shooting by storm. Standing at five feet and one inch tall, holding her 10 metre air rifle as if it were a sledgehammer, this youngster is smashing every record that comes her way. (Indian Shooter Apurvi Chandela Qualifies for Rio Olympics)

Apurvi created history on Tuesday night by breaking the world record on her way to winning a gold in the 10m air rifle event at the Swedish Cup Grand Prix. (Apurvi Chandela Sets World Record in 10m Air Rifle at Swedish Cup Grand Prix)

She continued her purple patch on Wednesday night and shot her way to a second successive gold medal and emerged as the 'Shooter of the Tournament' in Savsjo, Sweden. (Apurvi Chandela Starts 2016 With Back-to-Back Shooting Golds in Sweden)

Chandela had clinched the gold in the National Championships held last month. She had won an (Rio) Olympic quota place for India after winning a bronze in the ISSF World Cup in Changwon, Korea in April last year.

Born in Jaipur to a Rajput family, Apurvi's father Kuldeep Singh Chandela is a hotelier, and the young shooter has always credited her family for her growth as a shooter.

She completed her schooling from Maharani Gayatri Devi Girls' School in Jaipur and studied Sociology honours from Jesus and Mary College, Delhi University.

Apurvi Chandela, Quickly Rising Through the Ranks

She quickly rose in the shooting circuit and made here presence felt by winning the gold medal at the 10m rifle event at National shooting championships in 2012, her first year in the senior circuit.

She went onto win four medals during the 2014 Intershoot Championships at The Hague, which included two individual and two team medals.

But her real claim to fame came when she won the gold medal in the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, having scored 206.7 points in final, in the process creating a new Games record.

Not one to rest on her laurels, Apurvi was at it again when she became the first Indian woman to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympics. She won the bronze medal and an Olympic quota at the World Cup in Changwon, South Korea 2015. This was her first World Cup medal.

Having already achieved so much at a young age this shooting prodigy from Jaipur has the world at her feet and next big stop for her is the Rio Olympics.

Topics : Shooting
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