India’s First Solo Olympic Gold Medal

Abhinav Bindra made us Indians proud today by winning India’s first ever individual Olympic gold medal  in the men’s 10m air rifle.

Bindra who had been fourth after qualifying perforned brilliant in the final round and hit a near perfect 10.8 on his last shot to claim the gold! The silver went to China’s Zhu Qinan, the defending Olympic champion and heavy favorite. Henri Hakkinen of Finland dropped to bronze with a poor final shot of 9.7.

“It’s just great,” Bindra told Reuters just before climbing on to the podium.

11th August 2008 will surely go down in history as a great day for Indian atheletes.

Thank you Abhinav, we are really proud of you!


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