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Bindra shoots into history
IANS: Beijing, 11 Aug 2008
Published on 12 Aug. 2008 12:02 AM IST
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Shooter Abhinav Bindra became the first Indian ever to win an individual Olympic gold medal by claiming top honours in the men’s 10 m air rifle at the Beijing Olympic Games Monday.
Keeping his composure in a crunch situation, Bindra came up with a near perfect 10.8 in his final shot during the final at the Beijing Shooting Range Hall to give the country its first Olympic gold 28 years after the men’s hockey team emerged champion in the Moscow Olympics, 1980.
Save the hockey gold, India went medal-less in the world’s biggest sporting stage from 1972 to 1992, and since 1996 have managed only three individual Olympic medals - Leander Paes’s bronze in tennis in 1996, Karnam Malleswari’s bronze in women’s weightlifting in 2000 and Rajyavardhan Rathore’s silver in double trap shooting in 2004.
Bindra, who qualified for the final as the fourth best with 596 points, shot the best series of final 10 shots for 104.5 to boost his total to 700.5 on way to a golden finish. The defending champion Zhu Qinan of China had to be content with the silver, and broke into tears after losing on his home turf. Zhu totalled 699.7 with 597 in qualification and 102.7 in the final.
Left clutching the bronze was Finnish armyman Henri Hakkinen, who had led the qualification with a brilliant 598. In the final he came a cropper with 101.4 and it was the last shot of 9.7 that precisely did him in.
Gagan Narang narrowly missed getting into the eight-man final as he finished ninth in qualifications despite tying for fifth place with four others at 595. The others moved up as Narang lost out on countback.
Bindra, a veteran of three Olympic Games at just 24 years, buried the ghosts of the 2004 Olympics, where he entered the final as the third placed and then shot poorly in the final to finish seventh leading to questions on whether he was prone to succumbing to the pressure of a high-profile final.
After much soul-searching, Bindra started his trek back to the Olympics once again. The first big step came when he became the first Indian to win the World Championships in Zagreb - with a superb 10.7 on his last shot - in the final series.

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