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India’s Olympic moments: Abhinav Bindra, golden boy

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At 2008 Olympics, Bindra made history by winning a gold medal in the 10m Air Rifle event.

Bindra ended India’s wait for an individual gold medalist at the Summer Games.

It was also India’s first Olympic yellow medal since 1980 when its men’s hockey team returned home on a high.

 

 

In our buildup to the Rio Olympics, we take a look at the glorious Indian moments at the Summer Games over the years. Today, relive Abhinav Bindra’s historic gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, shooter Abhinav Bindra made history by winning a gold medal in the 10m Air Rifle event and ended India’s excruciating wait for an individual gold medalist at the Summer Games. It was also India’s first Olympic yellow medal since 1980 when its men’s hockey team returned home on a high.

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achieve his dream, Bindra left no stone unturned and even scaled a 40 feet high ‘pizza pole’ to overcome his fear. Despite a fourth position in the qualifying round, he zoomed to the top with a score of 104.5 in the final round and etched his name in the record books.

Bindra, a child prodigy, was bestowed with national awards during his teens, such as the Arjuna Award at 18 years and Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna at 19. A year after his breakthrough success in Beijing, he was honoured with India’s third highest civilian award, the Padma Bhushan.

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Famed for his single-minded determination, at times bordering on obsession, Bindra set an example for everyone aiming to excel in life, not just in sports. Known for his reclusiveness, the Punjab-based shooter is again aiming for glory, one last time, at his final appearance at the quadrennial Games, to be held in Brazil from August 5.

However, his previous Olympic appearance was a disappointment as he failed to make the final cut, finishing 16th. Following that, Bindra limited his competitive appearances but bounced back with a gold medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. He sealed a fifth successive Olympic spot with a six-place finish at the 2015 ISSF Shooting World Cup in Munich.

Having already announced that he will retire from competitive shooting after Rio 2016, the 33-year-old Bindra will be aiming to end his career on a golden note.

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