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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The myth of India with a billion population and not winning a gold is already broken.This is the best ever present Indians could expect before Independence and I hope this is one of the many to come for India………..COME ON INDIA…..

Posted by Ashley | Report as abusive

thank,s for give first individual gold to india

congrats.you have made us proud.well done.Jai hind

Hey MORDENITE.

CONGRATS. You make all the MSB ites Proud.

A sports freek parent of two mordenite’s.

Posted by pawan Kitchlue | Report as abusive

jus awsumm man!!!!!

Posted by CHINMAY | Report as abusive

You have made us all proud Abhinav, is’s simply a great feeling you gave us this morning!! go on and roar ahead!! congratulatinos..

Posted by ONP | Report as abusive

Well done abhinav you have make us proud
chak de hindustan

Posted by Harshal | Report as abusive

Congrats abhi.Tusse gr8.U ve made us proud.Jai hind!

Posted by rickey | Report as abusive

Congratulations Abinav. You are a star. We are proud of you.

Posted by Prasad Kini | Report as abusive

you are the best mr. bindra we all proud of you

you make the history and write the name of India in golden words.
congratulation .

Posted by Rajesh Kumar | Report as abusive

I thought Rajyawardhan would be one to make us proud..but hats off to you for a wonderful gift u have given to this billion plus population…..

Posted by Udai bhan singh | Report as abusive

we SALUTE you and our Nation!!!

That was a dream since childhood… :-)

thanks a ton Abhinav… we love you!!!

Posted by Balraj | Report as abusive

Congrats Bindra ,now you have fulfilled the wishes of billions . All the Best Bhai.

Posted by rajesh | Report as abusive

Dear Abhinav CONGRATS you bring India’s pride keep it up didi S. Suchithra

Singh is King

Posted by rajesh | Report as abusive

PUNJABIAN DI SHAAN.
TU SADA DESH DA GORAV.
ABHINAV TERE TE SANU FAKAR HEGA……

ABHINAV CONGRATULATIONS…………….

Posted by Khan | Report as abusive

You have made this Olympic worth remembering for all the Indian sports fans.

Thanks for making us feel Proud.

Posted by Mukund Chaturvedi | Report as abusive

Gold at $864.40/865.40 after Bindra boy wins one………….:)

Posted by delhibloke | Report as abusive

Congratulations.

Posted by Vel | Report as abusive

Congratulation Abhinav, you really have increased the pride of this great country. Billion+ congratulations. Keep Goin’

Posted by Gaurav | Report as abusive

Bravo …. Now I think AB in India will have a different full form !!!

National Anthem being played at the Olympics brought tears in my eyes and am sure it must have done the same for many others ….

Congratulations India and Abhinav !!!

Cheers …

Posted by manish | Report as abusive

Congratulations Abhinav!!
Its a historic moment for all of us…
You surely will be an inspring force for the Indian contingent and wish we win many more gold medals in this Olympics.

Posted by Akshay | Report as abusive

Congratulations Abhinav! Thanks for giving us all something to feel proud about at the Olypics after years

Posted by Madhusmita | Report as abusive

Hearty congratulations.

You have brought the golden feathers in the cap of India.
A magnificient performance. You richly deserve a more than star status.

Posted by vijay pal reddy | Report as abusive

CONGRATS !!! A BIG THANKS to you dude !!!

JAI HIND !!!

Posted by Dharmasagar | Report as abusive

Words cannot do justice to these feelings of profound ecstacy and hysteria. Please stay healthy and fit and bring more glory to our beloved India. Chak De Phatte. Jai Hind.

Posted by Romal | Report as abusive

Congratulations!You have turned the tide and made history You have fulfilled aspirations of over one billion people of India.We are proud of you.Thanks a million

Congrats Abhi!!! You made India feel proud :)

Posted by saranya | Report as abusive

Thanks man! India wont be same again!

Posted by Manish Tyagi | Report as abusive

congratulations…….
You made all Indian’s proud

Posted by SP | Report as abusive

Thanks for bringing a smile and making me happy Bindra. Love from all the NRI in Dubai, U.A.E

Posted by Rui Monte da Silva | Report as abusive

congradulatios Bindra. very very happy to see u with a GOLD. Keep it up.

Posted by Wellington Mohankumar | Report as abusive

Wonderful ! India – not the orhanisers – needed this.

May this lad lead and inspire others to similar achievments.

Posted by sonalkar | Report as abusive

Many many congrates to “U”.
Abhinav, you r”king of “INDIA”……….

Jai Hind………

Posted by Suman Kr. samanta | Report as abusive

Abhinav……………I’m might proud of you! What a great news to hear on a gloomy monday morning. You are now the new all India Icon……….You have made us proud. I was a bit disappointed that our national hockey team couldn’t make it………..but your gold has surely made us very happy. What a great gift you have given to India on her 61st birthday

Abhinav , fortune favors the bold….ENCORE !!!

Posted by Fuad Carrim Jinnah | Report as abusive

Congratulations!You have made us proud Indians by creating history.Thanks a lot for bringing laurels to our country.Keep it up!

Posted by Dr OP Mishra | Report as abusive

Abhinav………..I’m so happy to be alive to see India finally having won the gold. This is what legends are made of!

Our generation will forever be bragging about this day forever and ever.

Hope your gold medal will motivate the others in the team!

GOOD JOB !

Posted by Asik Rahman (katayain) | Report as abusive

Abhinav,i don’t know what to say
thank you,yhank you so much for this gold

Posted by shinu | Report as abusive

Hi Abhinav,
Congrads, You have done the greatest thing for Indian Sports. Hats off to you!

Posted by James | Report as abusive

Congrats Abinov, You made a history and made proud of evey Indian, just the word “Congrats” is not enough to express our boundles joy. We feel proud of bening Indian.

As of now i am over joyed. It takes me a while for this to sink. Hearty congratulations to ABHINAV BINDRA. U made whole INDIA proud.

Posted by I B Raju | Report as abusive

Abhinav, a billion plus Indians owe you a big thanks and a huge treat. GREAT….GREAT….Thanks from indian people

Posted by Sivakumar Akkari | Report as abusive

Congratulations Abhinav!

Posted by Dinesh Reddy | Report as abusive

Great performance, you have set a trend for other sportsmen to follow. We, Indians, are proud of you.

Posted by P.R.Subramanian | Report as abusive

well done. We are proud of you. Congratulations!!!

Posted by Balasaheb | Report as abusive

Superb achievement!!! This is a inspiration for all (Olympic) participants from India and I sure we have more medals to come.

Posted by Shanzs | Report as abusive

Its great Abhi. Lets hope that the pride of INDIA gets back on the track starting with you.

Posted by john abraham | Report as abusive

every indian prouds on you.

Posted by roopesh | Report as abusive

This is the best news I’ve heard all day. Don’t need an excuse to party now. Rock on Bindra.

Posted by Vineet | Report as abusive

atleast u have done it atlast!
and all the best for the upcoming events.

india is damn proud of u!

Posted by shivgan | Report as abusive