Apurvi Chandela Starts 2016 With Back-to-Back Shooting Golds in Sweden

Updated: 07 January 2016 16:45 IST

Apurvi Chandela shot 208.9 in the final to clinch the top prize in women's 10-metre tri-series event at the Swedish Cup Grand Prix. She was also named the 'Shooter of the Tournament' after her world record feat in the 10m air rifle event

Apurvi Chandela Starts 2016 With Back-to-Back Shooting Golds in Sweden
Apurvi Chandela has secured a quota spot in the 10m air rifle category for the 2016 Rio Olympics. © AP

India's Apurvi Chandela shot her way to a second successive gold medal and emerged as the 'Shooter of the Tournament' in the Swedish Cup Grand Prix in Savsjo, Sweden. (Apurvi Chandela Sets World Record in 10m Air Rifle at Swedish Cup Grand Prix)

The 23-year-old Chandela shot 208.9 in the final to clinch the top prize in women's 10-metre tri-series event.

Chandela, who has secured a quota for the Rio Olympics, won her first gold medal of the tournament late on Tuesday with a world record score of 211.2, to surpass the feat of Chinese Olympic gold medallist Yi Siling (211) in the 10m air rifle category.

For her outstanding performance in the tournament, the rising shooter was awarded a Walther rifle, besides being crowned the best shooter (men and women combined).

After giving a tough fight to Chandela, Norway's Malin Westerheim won the silver with a score of 208.4, while another shooter from her country bagged the bronze after managing 186.1.

In qualifications, Chandela shot 416.1 and was on fourth, and fought like a champion to emerge victorious in what was a tri-series match.

On the first day on Monday, Chandela was ranked 10th. Having missed the train, she waited unsuccessfully for a bus when the temperature plummeted to minus-10 degree celsius, before reaching the venue through a road covered in snow.

The result marked a positive start for Chandela ahead of the multi-sport extravaganza in Rio.

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

Topics : Shooting
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