CREATING HISTORY: Abhinav Bindra is the first Indian to win an individual gold medal at the Olympics.
A day after Indian shooters to drew a blank in Beijing Olympics, Abhinav Bindra has done what no one has ever done for India at the Olympics € ’· he won the gold medal in men's 10m air rifle event on Monday morning.
He is the first Indian to win an individual gold medal in 10m air rifle event.
Earlier in the day the world champion had qualifed for the men's 10m air rifle event finals.
However, Gagan Narang failed to make the final cut in the same event finishing ninth with a score of 595/600.
Narangshot a series of 97,100,100,100,98,100.
Bindra, a Khel Ratna awardee, finished the qualifying event joint fourth with Romania's George Alin Moldoveanu after the duo shot a score of 596/600.
The bespectacled shooter managed a series of 100,99,100,98,100 and 99.
Meanwhile, Finland's Henri Hakkinen qualified first for the event with a score of 598/600 after shooting a series of 100,100,99,100,100 and 99.
China's Qinan Zhu was a point adrift of Hakkinen with a series of 100,100,100,100,99 and 98.
Abhinav Bindra Born September 28, 1983 (1983-09-28) (age 24) Dehra Dun, India Residence Chandigarh, India Occupation Sportsman event Shooting -> Rifle Height 173cm / 5'8" Weight 65 kg
Abhinav Bindra (born September 28, 1983) is an Indian shooter specializing in the 10 m Air Rifle event. At the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, he became the first Indian to win an individual gold medal at the Olympic Games and first gold medal since 1980 for India by winning the gold in the 10 m Air Rifle event.
At the age of 15, Abhinav Bindra was the youngest participant at the 1998 Commonwealth Games and two years later he was the youngest shooter at the 2000 Olympic Games. He won six gold medals at various international meets in 2001. In the 10 m Air rifle event at the 2002 Commonwealth Games, Manchester, he won Gold in the Pairs event and Silver in the individual event. At the 2004 Olympic Games, he broke the Olympic record but failed to win a medal. He is a recipient of the Arjuna award in 2001 and the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award for the year 2001-2002. Abhinav Bindra's potential talent was first spotted by his first coach Lt. Col. J.S. Dhillon.
Apart from being a shooter, Abhinav Bindra holds an M.B.A. (Masters in Business Administration). He is the CEO of Abhinav Futuristics, a PC games peripherals distributor based in Chandigarh
Beijing Olympics Gold Medal At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Abhinav Bindra won the gold for the Men's 10m Air Rifle final after shooting a total of 700.5, thus becoming the first Indian individual gold medallist ever at the Olympics. He scored 596 (fourth) in the qualifying round and out-scored all other shooters in the finals with a round of 104.5.
This was India's first individual gold medal at the Olympics, and the first gold in 28 years, since the Men's Hockey team won the gold at the 1980 Moscow Olympics.
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