Daughter of an electrician, Chinki Yadav hails from Bhopal and has won the 25m pistol gold medal in the national selection trails and team silver in the national shooting championship recently. 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.

Rifle shooter Shreya Agarwal and pistol shooter Mahima Agarwal grabbed the spotlight in the championship as Shreya won the team bronze in the 10m senior rifle category and an individual bronze in the 10m rifle junior category, while the later teamed up with Chinki and won silver medal in the senior women 25m pistol category. They both are training in Jabalpur’s Gun for Glory Academy.

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.

In the national selection trial, Chinki shot a score of 32 in the final to win gold while Neeraj Kaur of the BSF shot 30 for silver and Annu Raj Singh of Air India shot 27 for bronze.

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.”

Congratulations, Chinki! May you achieve even higher goals!

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