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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You’ve done a billion Indians proud Abhinav……….Keep it going……..It just makes my hair stand up when wver i see that medal ceremony……

Posted by karteek kesani | Report as abusive

It just goes to show how much hard work an athlete has to put in for winning the ultimate prize……….Its an apt reward for the 12 years of undivided attention that you’ve put in for the sport……….HATS OFF………

Posted by karteek kesani | Report as abusive

Congrats !

Posted by Sameer | Report as abusive

u hav made all the Indians proud Abinav…..hats off for u…….as Milka singh says u should be awarded with the bharat ratna…….thats the least indian govt can do for u……thanx again

Posted by Abhishek | Report as abusive

you are the one who creates their own reality to prove the metal. Bravo :)

Hi Abhinav,
Congrats and wish you win all the medals and recognition we sought as true Indian in any championship. As an Indian, you made us Happy and given us a hope to believe in Olympics again.
Many Congrats to you and your family members too..
Regards,
Ajay

Posted by Ajay | Report as abusive

I am very happy because of your success in olympics. I wish you all success in your future. I am very proud of you. Wish you all the best for our participants.

“MERA BHARAT MAHAAN”

Abhinav,

Congratulations, well done!
After all the negative news on every other competitions, it feels so nice to hear that we are world champion in this sport! i am following it from Canada.

Keep it up.

Bhargav

Posted by Bhargav | Report as abusive

Congratulations Abhinav! You have made us all Indians happy & proud with your achievement & consistent hard work.

Posted by Prakash Nagaraju | Report as abusive

Congratulations!!!

Posted by Andrew | Report as abusive

guess what the anti spam word required to fill by me was “love ” ,, this is what i actually wanna say to you
Love you Abhinav.. U did a wonderful job …
and nothing cud be a better gift for Indians with Independence Day approaching …

Cheers

Posted by Anushree | Report as abusive

wonderful. so proud.

Posted by Ram | Report as abusive

wonderful

Posted by Ram | Report as abusive

At last..!

Thanks a ton, Abhinav! Not only you are a history-maker, your success would keep the candle of hope alive..

Congrats and Great work Abhinav

Every Indian should take time & think what Abhinav Bindra first said after winning gold medal:

“I sincerely hope this win will change the face of Olympic sport in India. In India, Olympic sport is not really a priority, so I hope Olympic sports in general can get more attention.”

- GP Singh

Posted by GP Singh | Report as abusive

Mr. Bindra. Good Job. We are very proud of you. I hope this is the begining of Gold for India. Atleast we have one Gold out of 1.2 Billion people. Keep it up

Posted by Jai | Report as abusive

every Indian is proud of you……what a great achievement…..congratulations….keep it up…

Posted by kranthi | Report as abusive

For an Indian living outside the country, this is a proud moment in my life. Well done

Congratulations !!!

Hope this medal really changes the Indians fate…

Posted by Rajesh | Report as abusive

Hearty Congratulations Abhinav for winning Olympic Gold.

All the best in your future.

Satya

Posted by Ramineni | Report as abusive

Very nice attempt every Indian is proud of you……what a great achievement…..congratulations….keep it up…

Posted by G.Thirugnanam | Report as abusive

Congratulations

Posted by G.Thirugnanam | Report as abusive

You have done the Nation proud. You are worth your weight in Gold.

Posted by MGS | Report as abusive

A marvelous achievement Abhinav and heartiest congratulations on this achievement and many more to come.

Posted by Khushru Daruwala | Report as abusive

Hi Abhinav,Heartly Congratulations to you..You made all Indians to get Proud…All the Very Best for ur Future.

Posted by Mahesh Kumar.L | Report as abusive

Hi Abhinav, You have made us proud with your commendable victory. Thanks for conveying the message that india is there in the OLYMPICS. Wishing you all the best for your future.

Posted by Jaidev | Report as abusive

its going to change Mr.BINDRA!!!!your this win will change the face of Olympic sport in India!thanks for doing so!!thanks for making us feel proud.

Posted by dipen shah | Report as abusive

well done Abhinav.. we all are proud of u..
keep doing…

Posted by Binu G Lal | Report as abusive

hi,

In this moment Indian youths proud and inspiration for your achievement. This will be the begining of gaining Olympic medals from this moment of summer 2008 Beijing Olympic. This was the most wonderfull moment of breaking the hard stone by shooting out all the Indians perception and this will be a courageous moment for the upcoming Olympians from India. Personally and the youth congress legislative committee Mavelikara Congratulate you for the most wonderfull moment in gaining the Gold Medal and Keeping India on the Top of the World.

regards,

Surajstoril.
Mavelikara, Alleppey Distrcit, Kerala.

Hello Abhi…

Congrats man….it is the best gift you can give to your country. Hope to see again this in next olympic games. Best gift for Independence Day to all Indians.

Thanks once again.

keep it up wel done thanq

Posted by hepsiba | Report as abusive

well done!congratulations

Posted by hepsiba | Report as abusive

Very Very Congratulations my dear brother, The day you won the Gold I just landed at Dubai airport and on radio when i heard about india winning gold first time ever except Hockey, I felt like on 9th sky. Thank you Thank very much for this feat we were dying for you really made “Chak De India”

Posted by Syed Irfanulla | Report as abusive

A great gift for indipendence day. Always get gold whenever you participate in games.

Congratulations for Winning Olympic Gold, Abhinav…
We had lots of faith that our shooters will bring kilos of gold from china, some has disappointed us, but u dint..

Hope we will get lots more medals from China for this olympics..

Sathya.C

Posted by Sathya | Report as abusive

First of all I would like to congratulate your father who made this possible. Provided you with all the facilities required to become a winner.

You deserve a heartiest congratulations all of us as your HARD WORK and SELF CONFIDENCE has given the results!!!

WE ARE REALLY PROUD OF YOU ABHINAV.
I WANT TO BE LIKE YOU.
CONGRTS!!!!
YOU R MY ROLL MODEL

Posted by Sukhvinder Thakur | Report as abusive

Congratulations !!
i love u…..
i hope that i can meet u ….
its my dream….
plz godddd

Posted by dinky panchal | Report as abusive

Congratulations Abhinav Bindra.

You are proved yourself to be a sharp shooter.

Congrats once again….

Proud to be an Indian.

regards,
Sivanandam Balasubramanian

Posted by Sivanandam Balasubramanian | Report as abusive

Abhinav, many congratulations!!!
You have given the perfect gift to Indians on the occasion of Independence Day.

Posted by Sunil | Report as abusive

Congratulations Abhinav, this GOLD is happiest movement for all Indians, we all proud of you.

Posted by Kaithy Aravind Reddy | Report as abusive

WOW! YES! AT LAST! Abhinav win is India’s win. Well done young man, what a fantastic acheivement. Only the other day I was lamenting India’s performance in the Olympics, you have given us all a reason to hold our heads up high. A nation is indebted to you, especially us Punjabi’s, thank you so much and may India now work together in producing winning Olympiads in the future.

Congratulations Abhinav! From Chinatown, NYC. Chinese friend and neighbor.

Heartiest congratulations Abhinav.
Message:
Indian sports ministers, managers, politicians it is time to change the attitude towards other sports. Cricket is not the only game for us. We can excel in any sport provided you people support the cause with dedication without any bias.

Pick the really talented persons coach them irrespective of their caste creed and religion.

Our only aim is to excel and top the list in international arena.

I humbly request you people to provide good infrastructure, facilities for all sportsmen.

At last spend 10% of what is the turn over of game cricket it will definitely make a huge difference.

I am sure Mother India has innumerable Abhinavs and sportsmen who can be groomed to better the best of international sportsmen.

Posted by R.Arumugavijayan | Report as abusive

Someone had already the same comment though,
When the Indian National Anthem played at the Olympics and the Indian flag was raised, tears were running down my cheecks!

This is NEWS!

Posted by Vijay | Report as abusive

You are finest jewel in the Olympic history of a nation of 1200 million Indians.Congratulations from all of us at Lucknow.It should be luck-now every where.

CONGRATULATION!!!!!! to you and your family. Thanks to feel us Proud

Posted by Ajay Divya Sid | Report as abusive

Balle Balle Punjab de Puttar. Chak de Phatte. Mai kya ji, tussi toh Beijing vich cha gaye. KKKKKKongrats.

Posted by Punjabi Munda | Report as abusive

Who would have thought a cricket-crazy nation like ours would react with so much heart and enthusiasm on Bindra’s amazing feat. If the authorities are listening out there, can we now look beyond cricket and pay more attention to other neglected sports?

Truely “CHAK DE” performance.Thanks for giving Indians proud moment of listening national anthem in Olympics.

Posted by rohit | Report as abusive