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12 years ago today: When Bindra clinched Olympic gold!

August 11, 2020 19:56 IST

Abhinav Bindra

IMAGE: Abhinav Bindra poses with his gold medal. Photograph: Jeff Gross/Getty Images

August 11, 2008 was a landmark day in the history of Indian sports.

Abhinav Bindra became the first Indian to win an individual Olympic gold medal.

Bindra had achieved the feat during 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 10 metre air rifle shooter was seen at the top of his craft. The shooter had shot a 10.8 on his last shot and this sealed the gold medal for the Indian.


Before this shot, he was tied with Finland's Henri Hakkinen and if he had shot anything less than 10.8, he would not have won the gold medal.

Having started his Olympic journey in Sydney back in 2000, the 37-year-old shooter qualified in three Olympic finals including his golden journey of Beijing in 2008 (Athens being the other one) in his pet 10m air rifle, while he missed out in Sydney and London.

Bindra, India's lone individual Olympic gold medallist, in 2017 had officially announced his retirement from shooting, saying 'it is time to move on and hand over the baton to the younger generation.'
The shooter had missed a near second Olympic medal in the Rio Olympics 2016.

Source: ANI