Apurvi Chandela, 23, is one of the rising sensations in the world of shooting and has already made her mark in eight years since she took up the sport. Born in a Rajput family in Jaipur to a hotelier father, she moved to Delhi to study undergrad in Sociology. With her keen interest in sports, she considered Sports Journalism as the next step in her professional ladder. But Abhinav Bindra’s gold medal at the 2008 Olympics changed all that for her. “It’s totally random. I liked watching sports a lot. But since I hadn’t played any seriously, I thought the next best thing would be to become a sports journalist, but seeing Bindra win the gold, I thought why not give it a shot?” she had told Indian Express. Her father took her to a shooting range in Jaipur where she first tried a pistol but didn’t feel comfortable. Then she had a go with a rifle and shot a perfect 10 in her very first attempt.
Career Highlights: Chandela won a bronze medal at the ISSF World Cup in Changwon in 2015, gold medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and a gold medal at the National Championships in 2012.
Record: Back in January this year, Chandela shot 211.2 at the Swedish Cup Grand Prix to surpass the Chinese Olympic gold medallist Yi Siling, who held the record with 211.
Qualification: Apurvi Chandela qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympics after clinching the 10m air rifle bronze in the 2015 ISSF World Cup in Changwon, Korea.
Event: 10m air rifle
Schedule: August 6