Rifle champion from Jaipur, Apurvi Chandela on Wednesday aced the world number 1 position in the women’s 10m air rifle event after consistent performances in recent years.
Chandela is a gold medallist at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Game and a bronze winner in the next edition at Gold Coast. She shot a world record score of 252.9 to clinch gold at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup in February.
In the 2018 Asian Games, Apurvi Chandela had won a bronze medal in the 10m mixed rifle event.
The rifle champion from Jaipur is among the five Indian shooters to have already secured 2020 Olympics quotas for the country.
The shooter chose Twitter to share her joy on achieving the epitome.
— Apurvi Chandela (@apurvichandela) May 1, 2019
While the 26-year-old Chandela has already booked a Tokyo Olympics berth, she narrowly missed out on a medal, finishing fourth with a total score of 207.8, at the recently-concluded ISSF World Cup in Beijing.
Meanwhile, Anjum Moudgil attained the world number two rank in 10m Air Rifle after her mixed team gold at the ISSF World Cup in Beijing.
Proud shooting champions from India
Among men, Divyansh Singh Panwar’s World Cup exploits in Beijing helped him reach world number four spot in the 10m air rifle category. Divyansh won two gold medals at Beijing — 10m air rifle and 10m air rifle mixed team – and also secured his quota at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Abhishek Verma, who also won a gold in Beijing, has reached world number three in 10m Air Pistol category. Saurabh Chaudhary was not far away at world number 6.