Rio Olympics: Know Abhinav Bindra

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
  • Updated: Aug 08, 2016 16:40 IST
Abhinav Bindra won gold in Beijing 2008 to become India’s only individual champion in the Olympics. (Getty Images)

*Abhinav Bindra was 15-years-old when he represented India at the 1998 Commonwealth Games.

*In 2000 Sydney Olympics, he was the youngest Indian in the fray.

*He was awarded the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna in 2001. Same year he grabbed the limelight by making a junior World Record 597/600 at the Munich World Cup.

*He bagged pairs gold and individual silver at the 2002 Commonwealth Games.

*At the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Bindra finished eighth in the finals, which was won by his great rival and China’s Zhu Qinan.

*Won gold in pairs event at the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games.

*Four years later in Beijing, Bindra had his revenge on Zhu by outgunning him by 0.8 points for the gold.

*The gold medal feat made him the only Indian till date to hold both the big medals – the 2006 World Championship and the 2008 Olympic gold – in 10m air rifle.

*Combined with Gagan Narang to win the pairs gold at the 2010 commonwealth Games in New Delhi. Bindra returned to podium with team silver at the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou.

*2012 when it came to the Olympics as he was placed 16th after the qualification round.

*Won the elusive commonwealth Games gold medal in 2014 Glasgow.

*Flirted with retirement in 2014 when he tweeted: “Tomorrow will mark will mark the end of my professional shooting life! I will however still compete as a hobby shooter, training twice a week.”

*In May last year, became the fourth Indian shooter to qualify for Rio Olympics when he finished sixth in Munich.

*Bindra is the chairman of the ISSF’s athletes’ commission.

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