World No.1 in 10m Air Rifle Apurvi Chandela has revealed that she has been training three to four hours a day before moving on to physical and mental trainings. The 26-year-old had become the second woman after Anjali Bhagwat back in 2002 to achieve the feat in that shooting category.
Though Chandela could finish the Beijing World Cup in the fourth position, it was the one before that in Delhi that placed her at the top of the world rankings where she created a new record with a tally of 252.9 in the Women’s 10m Air Rifle event.
In an interview with TOI, Chandela revealed all her preparations – technical, physical, as well as mental. “To be able to perform at the international level consistently, it takes a lot. Like any other sportsperson, we have our training routine. I shoot for about 3-4 hours a day. After that, there's physical training, mental training, a lot that's involved. I am happy that I am on the right path,” she said, reported TOI.
Chandela has two coaches under whom she trains – her personal coach being Rakesh Manpat back home and the national team rifle coach Oleg Mikhailov. And she went on to state how she juggles both of them and how both the coaches are in sync with each other.
“I train back home (in Jaipur) or in Bengaluru, where my personal coach is, and when I am back with the (Indian) team, I have a good rapport with the coach currently there, Oleg sir. He understands me well and knows what works for me, what doesn't. He has been working with us for quite some time now (since September 2016).
“So there's an understanding with my personal and national team coach. They are aware of each other. So that works out fine for me. They let me be in my space, because that's more important for me to work with a clear mind,” Chandela added.
The 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medallist is currently competing in Germany for the third pistol and rifle World Cup of the year in Munich.
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