CWG2018: Meet India’s Women Shooting Stars
Indian women shooters are bringing glory to the country by clinching medals at Commonwealth Games 2018 at Gold Coast in Australia. Besides putting up a stellar show, they are breaking old records and creating new ones. Know about four such female shooters who have been astounding the country with their stellar performances in the sport.
She won the gold medal in women’s 10 m air pistol event at 2018 Commonwealth Games. With this, she has become one of the youngest Indians to win a gold medal in these games. The 16-year-old, hailing from Goria village near Jhajjar in Haryana, also represented India at the 2018 ISSF World Cup and clinched two gold medals. In fact, she is the youngest Indian to win a gold medal at the ISSF World Cup.
On April 8, Heena Sidhu made the country proud by winning the Silver in the women’s 10m Air Pistol event at CWG 2018. Sidhu has consistently been turning in stellar performances. On 7th April, 2014, she scripted history by becoming the first Indian pistol shooter to be number one in world rankings released by the International Shooting Sport Federation. In 2013, Sidhu became the first Indian pistol shooter to win a gold medal in an ISSF World Cup finals. On 28 August 2014, Sidhu was honoured with the Arjuna Award.
17-year-old Mehuli Ghosh won silver medal in Women’s 10m Air Rifle after she had a shoot-off with Martina Veloso in Commonweath Games 2018. She is a junior shooting sports athlete who has been representing India at the international Junior shooting championships taking place across the world. Former Indian Olympian and Arjuna Awardee, Joydeep Karmarkar has mentored and coached her at his academy.
Apurvi Singh Chandela
25-year-old Apurvi Chandela competes in the 10 metre air rifle event. She won the bronze medal for India at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. An alumna of Jesus and Mary College, she won the gold medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. She even made it to the 2016 Rio Olympics in the women’s 10m air rifle event. There, she finished at the 34th position in the qualification round out of 51 contestants.
Congratulations to the shooting stars!