Chinki Yadav World No 1: Shooter Chinki Yadav returned to her hometown in Bhopal on Friday after securing World No. 1 ranking in the women’s 25m category.
Chinki Yadav has now become Madhya Pradesh’s first athlete to secure the top rank in any sport. With two back-to-back gold medals in the ongoing world championship in Delhi, she has become the world’s top-ranked pistol shooter with 1,110 rating points.
When asked about the World Cup and the latest ranking, the Tokyo 2021 Olympics quota holder told TOI, “I have never given importance to ranking. My only objective was to do my best. With the blessings of the family and coaches, I could manage to reach such a level in my career. I will keep doing the same in the future too.”
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23-year-old Yadav won both team and individual golds. She said, “I am waiting for the day I win medals for the country in the Olympics. That’s my dream.” The Tokyo Olympics is slated to be held from July 23 this year.
Daughter of an electrician, Yadav had scored a total of 588 after shooting 296 in the finals and had secured the Olympic quota for Indians in shooting at the Asian Shooting Championship in Doha in 2019.
Yadav won the 25m pistol gold medal in the national selection trials in 2019 and team silver in the national shooting championship. The pistol shooter topped the race with two other female shooters from MP who won medals in the 19th Surendra Singh Memorial Shooting Championship in Delhi. Yadav’s father Mehtab Singh Yadav while recalling the day when she had joined the shooting academy in 2012, said, “As my home is inside the stadium Chinki used to see others playing different games. She wanted to join summer camp,” TOI reported. He said that he didn’t know that the decision would bring out a star in his family.
On her world rankings, Sports minister Yashodhara Raje Scindia said, “Such achievement is rare in sports. What a feeling it is to witness world champions being produced in your own state! This is the beginning of a new era. Soon, we will have an Olympic champion.”
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