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Abhinav Bindra wins India’s first solo Olympic gold

August 11, 2008

By Erik KirschbaumGold medallist Abhinav Bindra of India (C) shows his medal as he stands with silver medallist Zhu Qinan of China (L) and bronze medallist Henri Hakkinen of Finland after the men’s 10m air rifle shooting competition at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games August 11, 2008.:
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.

And — the celebrations have begun .

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.

Join us in congratulating Bindra.

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Congratulations! hope your success encourages more government funding for sports in India.

Posted by indrojit | Report as abusive
 

Hello,
stop speaking for others, I am Indian and I’m not yet proud.
Thanks!

Posted by Chin | Report as abusive
 

Congrats Abhinav u r our nations pride .U did a great job in keeping our national flag high in the air.Hats off to u.

Posted by satya teja | Report as abusive
 

Way to go! Hope this fires up the country [just like what Kapil Dev & co did in 1983 for Cricket] to win many more gold medals.

Congratulations!!!!

Posted by Siva | Report as abusive
 

Congratulations ABHINAV SINGH BINDRA, you have really proved that SINGH IS KING. Keep up the good work. The whole Sikh community world-wide is very proud of your achievement, THANKS.

Posted by Yudhveer | Report as abusive
 

Abhinav Singh is King, Chake de Punjabi Mundiya, khush kita hai, Bahut Bahut Vadhian. Lakh Khushian Pathshian je Sat guru Nadar kare.

Posted by Yudhveer | Report as abusive
 

SINNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN NGH IS KINNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN NNNNNNNNNNGH

Posted by Bikram | Report as abusive
 

Proud of you Abhinav, our nation needs more like you, please continue to lead by example and change the world’s perception that Indians are among the best, wish you more success in the future

Posted by Amit Nayar | Report as abusive
 

Congratulations Abhinav!!

Posted by Muralisk | Report as abusive
 

Hi Abhinav Bindra,India is proud of you,you are a role model of every indian……chak de..

Posted by Jo | Report as abusive
 

Heartly Congratulations Abhinav,
With your success you makes this year Independence day as unforgettable day in Indian History
You have fulfilled the dream of 100+ crore Indians
All the best for your future endeavors

Posted by Rama krishna.Katta | Report as abusive
 

His success shows that in India to win a Gold Medal it takes personal investment. After reading how he won its clear that if he did not have the money and means he could have never won this gold. India still has very poor facilities for its players to prepare for OLYMPICS. No wonder so few have ever won any medals. A nation of a Billion plus people and only 1 Gold.
Bindra has shown that Indians can win Golds provided they are given the right tools to practice. India needs to learn from China as their Gov takes so much pride and invests heavily in all Olympics.

Posted by Gabar Singh | Report as abusive
 

SON OF INDIA WE LOVE YOU.GOD BLESS YOU

Posted by Vikram | Report as abusive
 

I congratulate Bindra. But being an NRI myself, I think he should have shown more sense of humility when being congratulated by HRH Princess Nora of Liechtenstein and VP of Shooting Association. Also, his look of being sleepy and uninterested when the national anthem was playing was quite rude. The Chinese silver medalist, for 2nd place cried like a gold medalist! MANY congrats, dont get me wrong, but he coolness during the medal podium was cocky.
Just my opinion.

Posted by Raj | Report as abusive
 

I agree with Raj, I saw his NDTV interview. The anchor asks are you excited about being an Olympic Champion. He says I’m unphased its ok. How rude! I understand confidence, but his manner is like a rude little brat.

Posted by Rani | Report as abusive
 

Finally!!! 108 years in the making! Congrats!

Posted by Jatin | Report as abusive
 

India proudly boasts to be the biggest importer/consumer of gold by importing approx 800 tons but this 6 grms gold medal has taken our country to a different level keep it up .JAI Hind

Posted by Chetan Adesara | Report as abusive
 

hey Bindra, congratulations. i’m not an indian, but in no way does it diminish my ability to acknowledge what an amazing athlete you are. your final round was nothing short of brilliant, and was just amazing to watch. what you did, was pretty awesome. you and your country have totally earned it. cheers,

 

Well done!!
congratulate Abhinav,
India is proud of you.
An Indian living outside the country,
this is a proud moment.

Sudhir Shinde

IRELAND

Posted by Sudhir Shinde | Report as abusive
 

LONG LIVE ABHINAV

Posted by sanket | Report as abusive
 

ABHI IS THE SING AND IS THE REAL KING.

only due to his hard work more value and importance will be given to this game

Posted by sanket | Report as abusive
 

i proud that our friend abinov get good apearance of our nation to the world

he achive that hsrd work make good result…..

i congratu Mr.Abinov for ever…

Posted by balamurugan | Report as abusive
 

LONG LIVE ABHINAV

Posted by Ajay | Report as abusive
 

i luv ur spirit .keep it up abhinav
i congratulate u4 evr

 

hello Abinov bindra
how are you feeling? so many people congrats you.So my comment will not impress you so much.but it’s a duty to every Indian citizen to wish you. best of luck for your job.you have made a great job.your great work should be continued.

an important thing:by you, other players got motivated.so you made a master stroke.
bye…

 

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