Abhinav Bindra won India’s first ever individual Olympic gold medal on Monday with a thrilling come-from-behind victory in the men’s 10m air rifle.
Bindra had been fourth after qualifying but had a brilliant final round and even hit a near perfect 10.8 on his last shot to pull in front of Henri Hakkinen of Finland, who dropped to bronze with a poor final shot of 9.7.
That allowed China’s Zhu Qinan, the defending Olympic champion and heavy favourite, to pass him on his final shot and win the silver medal.
“It’s just great,” Bindra told Reuters just before climbing on to the podium.
Babli Bindra, Abhinav’s mother, quipped: “Now I have lots of work ahead as he is the country’s most eligible bachelor”.
Already, the 25-year-old shooter’s female fan base is growing.
“Abhinav, will you marry me? My parents will have to buy that much less GOLD now,” read one congratulatory message posted by ‘Kaveri’ on the Reuters website.
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Biography: BINDRA Abhinav
Date of Birth: Sep 28 1982
Height(cm/ft in): 173cm / 5’8″
Weight(kg/lbs): 65 kg / 143 lbs
Place of Birth: Dehra Dun (India)
Residence: Chandigarh (India)
Event(s): Men’s 10m Air Rifle
Note: A complete explanation of data type and depth can be found in the Additional Information section of the biography
Rank Event Year Venue Result
7 10m Air Rifle 2004 Athens, GRE 694.6
1 10m Air Rifle 2006 Zagreb, CRO 699.1
4 10m Air Rifle 2005 Bangkok, THA 695.3