Apurvi Chandela becomes world number 1 in 10m air rifle; Hockey India nominates Sreejesh for Khel Ratna Award – Current Affairs
In February 2019, Chandela shot a world record score of 252.9 to clinch gold at the International Shooting Sport Federation World Cup in New Delhi.
Story 1 - Apurvi Chandela becomes world number 1 in 10m air rifle, Anjum claims second position
India’s Apurvi Chandela on May 1, 2019 became world number 1 in women’s 10m air rifle event, according to the latest rankings released by the International Shooting Sport Federation.
Hailing from Jaipur, the shooting ace is among the five Indian shooters to have already secured 2020 Olympics quotas for the country. The shooter took to twitter to share her joy on achieving the feat. “World Number 1 touched a milestone in my shooting career,” wrote Chandela.
Apurvi Chandela: Key Achievements
• In 2012, Chandela won the gold medal in the 10 metres air rifle event at the National shooting championships in New Delhi.
• In 2014, she won four medals at the Intershoot Championships at The Hague, that included two individual and two team medals.
• In the same year, she won a gold in the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, having scored 206.7 points in final, creating a new games record.
• Though Chandela qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympics in the women's 10m air rifle event, where she finished at 34th position in the qualification round out of 51 contestants.
• At the 2018 Asian Games, she paired with Ravi Kumar for the 10 meter air rifle mixed team event, and won a bronze medal. She also won a bronze medal in the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
• In February 2019, Chandela shot a world record score of 252.9 to clinch gold at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup in New Delhi.
• While the 26-year-old Chandela has already booked a Tokyo Olympics berth, she narrowly missed out on a medal, finishing fourth with a total score of 207.8, at the recently-concluded ISSF World Cup in Beijing.
While Chandela secured the first rank in the 10m air rifle event, another Indian shooting ace Anjum Moudgil rose to the number two position in the event after consistent performances in recent years.
Moudgil attained the world number two rank in 10m air rifle after her mixed team gold at the ISSF World Cup in Beijing.
Manu Bhaker is the next highest ranked Indian shooter, with her 10th rank in 25m pistol women category.
Among men, Divyansh Singh Panwar rose to the position of world number four in the 10m air rifle category. His rise in the rankings list is attributed to his two gold medal finish at the ISSF World Cup in Beijing.
Besides winning a gold medal each in 10m air rifle event and in 10m air rifle mixed team event, Panwar also secured his quota at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
India’s Abhishek Verma also rose to the world number three position in the 10m air pistol category, after winning a gold medal at Beijing. The next highest ranked shooter is Indian teen sensation Saurabh Chaudhary, who is ranked 6th in the event.
Meanwhile, Anish Bhanwala, another of India’s talented young shooter, secured the 10th rank in 25m rapid fire pistol category.
Story 2- Hockey India nominates Sreejesh for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award
Hockey India on May 1, 2019 nominated ace Indian goalkeeper PR Sreejesh for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award and three other players for the Arjuna Award.
The player names recommended for the Arjuna Award include midfielder Chinglensana Singh Kangujam and forward Akashdeep Singh and women's team defender Deepika.
About PR Sreejesh
• The former captain made his national team debut in 2006. He has over 200 caps for the team and was honoured with the Arjuna Award in 2015.
• He was conferred with the Padma Shri, fourth highest civilian award, in 2017.
• If he wins the Khel Ratna award, Sreejesh will become only the third sportsperson from Kerala to receive the prestigious award.
• He will also be the third hockey player to clinch the award.
Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award: PR Sreejesh
Arjuna Award: Chinglensana Singh Kangujam, Akashdeep Singh and Deepika
Dhyan Chand Award for Lifetime Achievement: RP Singh and Sandeep Kaur
Dronacharya Award: Baljeet Singh, BS Chauhan and Romesh Pathania