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Abhinav Bindra

  • Country: India
  • Sport: Shooting
  • Born: 9/28/1982
  • Hometown: Zirakpur, India
  • Career Highlights: Abhinav Bindra created history at the 2008 Beijing Olympics when he became the first ever Indian to win an individual Olympic Gold Medal in the 10m Air Rifle event. Bindra booked his place in the Olympics by winning the Gold at the 2006 ISSF World Shooting Championships at Zagreb. He has participated in three Olympics so far, starting with the 2000 Sydney Games where Bindra was the youngest Indian participant at the age of 18. However, he did not qualify for the finals, shooting a total of 590. In the 2004 Olympics at Athens, he made it to the Top 8 shooting a total of 597 but finished last in the finals. But in the 2008 Games, he finally achieved his dream shooting a total of 700.5 and winning the Gold. He has also won Gold Medals at the 2002, 2006 and 2010 Commonwealth Games. Coming from an affluent Sikh family, Bindra had the advantages of an indoor shooting range installed at home by his parents and 5-time Swiss Olympic shooter Gabriele Buhlmann as his Coach. In 2006, Bindra suffered from a career-threatening back injury which rendered him unable to even lift a rifle, much less shoot. But under guidance from his coach and medical staff, he overcame the injury and began training for the Olympics in Germany. Winner of numerous prestigious honours including the Arjuna Award, Padma Bhushan and the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, Bindra is considered to be one of India's most successful sportsmen and is widely admired for his demeanour on and off the field.
  • Previous Olympics: 2008,2004,2000
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