Apurvi CHANDELA

India IND

Shooting

  • Games participations
    2
  • First Olympic Games
    Rio 2016
  • Year of Birth
    1993
Olympic Results

Biography

Apurvi CHANDELA

Born in 1993, Apurvi Chandela initially wanted to be a sports journalist but was inspired to become a shooter after watching Abhinav Bindra clinch gold at the Beijing 2008 Olympics. The road eventually led her to becoming a two-time Olympian.

Growing up, Apurvi Chandela 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.

After wins at the school level and then at the nationals, Chandela’s first international 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 among 51 shooters in the qualifying round at the Olympic Shooting Centre.

Apurvi 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. Apurvi Chandela followed up with another gold medal at the World Cup in Munich.

Her form catapulted Apurvi Chandela to the world No. 1 ranking.

Known for always having her emotions under control regardless of results, Apurvi Chandela’s body language at the range seldom reveals what she’s feeling.

“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 told the Verve magazine.

During her second straight Olympic appearance at Tokyo 2020, Apurvi Chandela made a strong start in the qualification round of the women’s 10m air rifle event.

However, the world record holder shot an uncharacteristic 102.2 and 102.5 in two of her six series, which dropped her down to the 36th spot and ended her Tokyo campaign early.

Despite her struggle at the Olympics, Apurvi Chandela remains one of the top guns in the world and continues to inspire a new generation of Indian shooters.

Olympic Results

More results
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Tokyo 2020

#36
10m Air Rifle Women
10m Air Rifle Women Shooting
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Rio 2016

#34
Air Rifle, 10 metres
Air Rifle, 10 metres Shooting