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The Hangzhou Asian Games 2023 kick-started in full throttle back on September 23, 2023. The event closed its curtains on October 8, 2023. For the unversed, the 19th Asian Games were originally scheduled for 2022. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the committee decided to push it to 2023. Talking about India’s participation in the Asian Games 2023, it was a successful campaign for the Indian athletes, as we have seen so many athletes winning medals in their respective games.
India won a total of 107 medals at the Asian Games 2023. If we break down India’s winning tally in the Hangzhou Asian Games, Indian athletes have secured 28 gold medals, 38 silver medals and 41 bronze medals. Regarding India’s performance in the Jakarta Asian Games 2018, India had their best haul of 70 medals. However, hopes are high that Indian athletes will break this record of newly-built record of 107 medals in the next Asian Games.
If we talk about the gold medals Indian athletes won at the Asian Games 2023 so far. It includes Men's 10m air rifle team, Women's T20 cricket, Dressage Team, Women's 25m pistol team, Women's 50m rifle 3 positions, Men's 10m air pistol team, Mixed doubles in tennis, Men's team in squash, Men's 3000m steeplechase, and the list goes on. However, out of all the events so far, the women’s air rifle event has grabbed all the headlines.
Shooting has been the event that obtained the maximum number of medals for India at the Hangzhou Asian Games 2023. The Indian sports shooters have won seven gold medals, nine silver medals, and six bronze medals at the Asian Games 2023, which speaks volumes about the mettle of India’s shooting team. Some of the names that have dominated the headlines include Ashi Chouksey, Sift Kaur Samra, Mehuli Ghosh, Ramita Jindal, Manini Kaushik, Esha Singh, Palak Gulia, Kiran Baliyan, and the list goes on.
The 21-year-old Indian sportsshooter, Ashi Chouksey has become one of the most-talked-about athletes in India after her terrific performance at the Hangzhou Asian Games 2023. For the unversed, Ashi won a silver medal for India in the women’s 10m air rifle team event, a silver medal in 50m rifle, and a bronze medal in women’s 50m rifle 3 Position.
The entire Indian media is heaping praises on Ashi Chouksey after her wonderful display of skill and precision at the Hangzhou Asian Games 2023. Not only this, even on social media, she is receiving a lot of attention as her glamorous pictures have dropped almost everyone’s jaws.
The 21-year-old sports shooter has a public account on Instagram that features a series of stunning pictures of Ashi, and it gives everyone a glance into her fashionista personality. However, before we jump into her breathtaking outfits and aesthetic pictures, here is some much-needed information about the ‘medal girl’ from Bhopal.
Ashi Chouksey was born in Bhopal, and right from an early age, she was quite interested in sports. At the age of 15, she joined the Madhya Pradesh State Shooting Academy, from where she started her journey of becoming an international sports shooter. In an interview with Aajtak.in, Ashi shared how she has trained for years to reach where she is today in her professional life.
The young athlete also praised her coach, Suma Shirur, who is also a Dronacharya Awardee. She also thanked her parents for always encouraging her to pursue a career in sports. For the unversed, Ashi joined sports shooting in order to stay away from her studies, as she wasn’t interested in making a career out of academics.
When Ashi Chouksey was in 9th grade, her school provided an impressive opportunity for its students to get a chance and enrol for a one-day experience at the NCC camp. It was a massive opportunity for students to see how things work at an NCC camp, and Ashi enrolled in the camp immediately. During her one-day session at the NCC camp, she did a lot of physical activities, but it was her connection with rifle shooting that changed her life forever.
Ashi Chouksey participated in a drill in which she had to shoot at the targets from a distance of 50m and performed quite brilliantly in it. Without prior training or shooting experience, the way Ashi performed stunned everyone. She fell in love with shooting immediately and decided to pursue a career in it after her experience at the NCC camp.
Ashi Chouksey also received a major boost when the camp’s commander lauded her for how she performed during the shooting drill. The commander was so impressed with her performance that he told Ashi to take her shooting to the next level by joining some academy. The advice and encouragement indeed changed Ashi’s life, as she chose rifle shooting as her career. So far, she has been phenomenal in her shooting career and has her eyes set on winning medals at the Olympics.
The young sports shooter continues to achieve new heights in her career, but on the other side, she is also gaining a lot of attention for her fashion quotient. One look at Ashi’s Instagram handle, and you’ll fall in love with her fashion quotient, as every picture speaks volumes about her fashion knowledge. She is one of the few Indian athletes, who are avid social media users. Whether we talk about her bold outfits or vacation pictures, every frame is enough to drop everyone’s jaws.
We hope Ashi Chouksey continues to win medals for India and keeps slaying in her personal life!