Daughter of an electrician, Chinki Yadav who hails from Bhopal, scored a total of 588 after shooting 296 and finished second in the 25m pistol finals, and thus secured India’s second Olympic quota at the Asian Shooting Championship on Friday in Doha, Qatar. With a total 588 points, she finished behind Thailand’s Naphaswan Yangpainboon, who shot 590. On Thursday, Chinki had the last hope of securing one of the four available Olympic quota, and she shot 292 to grab the chance. Among the Indians, Rahi Sarnobat had sealed a quota (25m pistols) earlier during the competitions.

The 21-yr-old Chinki won the 11th Olympics quota for Indians in shooting. Vivaan Kapoor and Esha Singh won two gold each as India displayed a dominant form at the junior competitions. India has recorded for 18 of the 23 medals won so far.

Key Takeaways:

  • Chinki Yadav finished second in the 25m pistol finals, and thus secured India’s second Olympic quota at the Asian Shooting Championship on Friday in Doha, Qatar.
  • She is the second Indian after Rahi Sarnobat to have sealed a quota in the 25m pistol event
  • The powerful shooter hails from Bhopal. She is the daughter of an electrician who registered a total of 588 after shooting 296

Past achievements

Earlier this year, Chinki won the 25m pistol gold medal in the national selection trails and team silver in the national shooting championship. The pistol shooter topped the race while two other female shooters from MP also won medals in the 19th Surendra Singh Memorial Shooting Championship in Delhi.

Chinki’s dream came true in 2017 when she won team bronze in junior world championship. This year she grabbed the limelight by again winning gold medal in the national selection trials along with silver medal in the national championship.

In the national selection trial, Chinki shot a score of 32 in the final to win gold. Chinki’s dream came true in 2017 when she won team bronze in junior world championship. This year she grabbed the limelight by again winning gold medal in the national selection trails along with silver medal in the national championship. She trains in the shooting academy run by the sports department in the city.

Recalling the day when Chinki had joined the shooting academy in 2012, Chinki’s father Mehtab Singh Yadav said, “As my home is inside the stadium Chinki used to see others playing different games. She wanted to join summer camp,” TOI reported.

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He has been associated with the sports department for the past 23 years. “I didn’t know that decision would result in the making of a star in my family,” he added. “She was among few shooters selected after talent hunt for the shooting academy. She later took part in the national championship and won the medal,” said Yadav.

“She was among few shooters selected after talent hunt for the shooting academy. She later took part in the national championship and won the medal”

Chinki has been rigorously training for the past four years. “Most of her time is spent at the shooting academy. She is a day-boarder,” added Yadav. Chinki’s inspiring performance encouraged Yadav to admit his younger son in the academy. “He was admitted last year in the academy, and now is a promising shooter of the academy,” said Yadav.

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Giving credit to sports department, Yadav said, “Shooting is such a costly game that it was not possible for me to bear the expenses of buying guns and ammunition from my pocket. My family owes a lot to the sports department.”

Way to go, Chinki!

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