Games & medals
Rio de Janeiro 2016
|#34||Shooting||Air Rifle, 10 metres|
Apurvi CHANDELA biography
Born and raised in Jaipur, Apurvi Chandela initially wanted to be a sports journalist but was inspired to become a shooter after watching Abhinav Bindra clinch gold for India in shooting at the Beijing 2008 Olympics.
She also received plenty of support from her father – a hotelier in Jaipur – and her uncle who was so impressed by her penchant for the rifle that he built her a shooting range in his backyard.
Her first headlining achievement was the gold she claimed at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow as a 21-year old.
The following year she made her World Cup debut and made India and herself proud with a bronze medal at Changwon, which helped her qualify for her maiden Olympic Games.
At Rio 2016, however, she ‘went blank’ in the 10m Air Rifle event and was eliminated early, finishing 34th from the 51 shooters in the qualifying round at the Olympic Shooting Centre.
Chandela described her Olympic debut as a learning experience, and used it to push herself to new heights.
Her improvement showed in a spectacular start to 2019, where Chandela won gold and claimed a new world record score of 252.9 in the 10m Air Rifle on home soil at the ISSF World Cup in New Delhi.
A fourth-place finish at the Beijing ISSF World Cup a few months later meant that she sealed an Olympic quota for Tokyo 2020 before Chandela followed up with another gold medal at the World Cup in Munich.
Her form catapulted Chandela catapulted to the world number one ranking spot - not that you would detect any visible reaction from the self-confessed introvert Chandela.
Known to always have her emotions in control regardless of results, Chandela’s body language at the range seldom reveals what she’s feeling - it’s a manner she has chosen to follow in her career.
“I try to stay neutral during both winning and losing. It’s a game at the end of the day, and all I do is try to give my best on that given day and hope that my best is enough,” she says.
Her cool demeanour is another trait shared by her first shooting hero, Abhinav Bindra. Now Chandela will be looking to inspire a new generation of Indian shooters just like he did.