Jaipur, April 9: Jaipur’s Apurvi Chandela has done the city proud by winning a bronze in the women’s 10 m air rifle event at the Commonwealth Games being held at Gold Coast now.
Chandela had earlier smashed her own Commonwealth Games qualifying record from four years back by scoring 423.2.
Chandela’s sequence of scores over four series in the qualifying read a very impressive 105.7 105.2 106.1 106.2.
While her younger compatriot Mehuli Ghosh was fifth in the qualifying with 413.7 following scores of 104.3 103.7 102.2 and 103.5 over four series, Mehuli produced a better performance in the finals to topple her more experienced compatriot.
Apurvi’s father Kuldeep Chandela said she had been practising for more than seven hours everyday after she failed to perform in the Rio Olympics. She also practised yoga, mediation, swimming was also on her daily routine. She has a mental conditioning coach as well and shooting range at her own house.
Apurvi was inspired to take up shooting after Abhinav Bindra’s gold at 2008 Olympics. She also reads the autobiography of great players like Michael Phelps, Sachin Tendulkar and others.
Apart from her many achievements, she won the best shooter award, two Gold and bettered the world record at Sweden Grand Prix in 2016.
Rajasthan’s another shooter Om Prakash Mitharwal, who is with the Indian Army and hails from a small hamlet Nimri Jor Sihori in Sawai Madhopur, won the bronze in 10 m air rifle event.
Mitharwal, in his debut at the event, bagged the third spot after shooting a total of 214.3 points, thus, taking India’s medal count to 15 in the 21st edition of the Games.
Earlier he had won gold in Shooting World Cupin Mexico.
He joined Army four years back and got married last year. His wife is currently studying in college.