Yashaswini Singh Deswal is an Indian professional shooter. She is famous for winning a gold medal at the 2019 ISSF World Cup in Rio de Janeiro in the 10-metre air pistol event. Yashaswini represented India on a reserved quota at the 2020 Summer Olympics. In 2021, her name was announced by the government of India for participation in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in shooting sport, which was earlier postponed due to the breakdown of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Yashaswini Singh Deswal was born on Sunday, 30 March 1997 (age 24 years; as of 2021) in New Delhi, India. Her zodiac sign is Aries. Her hometown is Chandigarh, India. She has done Economics Honours at DAV College, Chandigarh. ISSF
Height ISSF Sports: 5’ 4”
Weight ISSF Sports: 57 kg
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Parents & Siblings
Yashaswini Singh Deswal’s father’s name is SS Deswal, and he was an IPS officer, who was posted as the Director-General of Indo-Tibetan Border Police. Her mother’s name is Saroj Deswal, and she is a Chief Commissioner of Income Tax in Panchkula, Haryana, India.
In 2012, Yashaswini Singh Deswal got inspired to opt for shooting as a sport when she watched the 2010 Commonwealth Games in India. Indian Express In the same year, Yashaswini Singh Deswal began participating in shooting at school national level championships and earned her first gold medal in Pune, Maharashtra. In 2014, at Nanjing, China, Yashaswini Singh Deswal received the opportunity to participate in the 2014 Summer Youth Olympics and in the final 10-metre air pistol event, she finished at the sixth round. In 2015, Yashaswini Singh won a gold medal in the Asian Airgun Championship in Delhi along with her teammates Heena Sidhu and Shweta Gwande. After winning this championship, she received the title of ‘junior national champion’ of India in the shooting. In 2016, at the ISSF Junior World Cup in Suhl, Germany, she won two silver medals, one in individuals and one in the team event. In another event at Qabala, Azerbaijan, in the same year, Yashaswini Singh won a gold medal in the team event at ISSF Junior World Cup. Yashaswini Singh Deswal clinched a gold medal at the 2016 South Asian Games in the team event; however, she earned a bronze in an individual event. In 2017, won a gold medal at the ISSF Junior World Championship by marking her world record of 235.9 in the 10-metre air pistol event in the junior shooting event. In 2018, at the Kumar Surendra Singh Championship, Yashaswini Singh Deswal clinched a gold medal in the mixed air pistol events along with his partner Abhishek Verma.
In 2019, Yashaswini Singh Deswal clinched a gold medal at the ISSF World Cup in Rio de Janeiro. On winning this event, she gained a quota position for the 2020 Summer Olympics.
Yashaswini defeated her opponent Olena Kostevych, who was a former world and Olympic Champion in the final round at ISSF World Cup at Rio de Janeiro in 2019.
Yashaswini Singh Deswal won a gold medal in the women’s team 10m air pistol event in March 2021 at New Delhi’s Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range championship along with her teammates Manu Bhaker and Shri Nivetha. They defeated Julita Borek, Joanna Iwona Wawrzonowska, and Agnieszka Korejwo from Poland.
ISSF World Cup
2019: Gold medal – first place at Rio de Janeiro in 10 m air pistol
2021: Gold medal – first place at Delhi in 10 m air pistol
2021: Gold medal – first place at Delhi in Women’s 10 m pistol
2019: Team Silver medal – second place at Rio de Janeiro in 10 m air pistol
2021: Mixed team Bronze medal – third place at Delhi in 10 m air pistol
2021: Mixed team Bronze medal – third place at Osijek in Women’s 10 m pistol team
Asian Shooting Championships
2019: Silver medal – second place at Doha in 10 m air pistol mixed team
ISSF Junior World Championships
2017: Gold medal – first place at Suhl in 10 m air pistol
Asian Junior Shooting Championships
2014: Silver medal – second place at Kuwait City in 10 m air pistol
ISSF Junior World Cup
2016: Gold medal – first place at Qabala in Women’s 10 m pistol
2016: Team Silver medal – second place at Suhl in 10 m air pistol
2016: Silver medal – second place at Suhl in Women’s 10 m pistol team
- In her leisure time, Yashaswini Singh Deswal adores reading, swimming, and adventuring in sports.
- Her area of shooting is a 10-metre air pistol.
- Swimming is the other sports activity that is pursued by Yashaswini Singh Deswal.
- Her personal coach is Tejinder Singh Dhillon, and her national coach is Jaspal Rana.
- While shooting she is right-handed, and her master eye is right.
- In 2019, Yashaswini Singh Deswal campaigned to save water and appeared in a video on Indian Rajya Sabha TV.
- In 2019, Yashaswini Deswal gave an interview to an Indian news channel after winning the two gold medals.
- In an interview, Yashaswini revealed that her sports idol is Jitu Rai, and she frequently meets him for sport guidance and motivation. Jitu Rai is India’s Olympic silver-medalist. She narrated,
In the Indian team, Jitu Rai is my all time favourite. I really idolise him. I sometimes speak to him and seek his advice. He has achieved so much only on the basis of his hard work and he has seen ups and downs in life. It is very motivating, so I really look up to him.”
- Yashaswini Singh Deswal receives her shooting training under the coach Tejinder Singh Dhillon. He is a retired Inspector General of Police at the CRPF Academy in Gurugram, Haryana. Apparently, it was through Tejinder Singh Dhillon that Yashaswini came to know about the shooting sport. He played an important role to frame the shooting career of Yashaswini Singh Deswal. Tejinder Singh Dhillon even gifted a pistol to Yashaswini. In an interview, Dhillon said,
Yashaswini was physically very frail but very disciplined. We had established a shooting range at home for her in Panchkula, and it was shifted to Delhi when her dad was transferred.”
- In a conversation with a media house, Yashaswini Singh Deswal recalled an event when she got the opportunity to hold and fire army guns at the Indian Army unit when she visited her uncle’s Army unit in 2009. She said that she was completely amazed by that life-changing moment. She exclaimed,
My uncle was in Army. He was on the verge of taking VRS and we had gone to his unit and I had fired with army guns but it was very different and I was amused by the experience. I later went to Commonwealth Games in 2010 and there I met my coach.”