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Abhinav Bindra

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Abhinav Bindra (Punjabi: ਅਿਭਨਵ ਿਬੰਦਰਾ, born September

28, 1982[1]) is
an Indian shooter from Zirakpur, Mohali, Punjab and is the
current World and Olympic champion in the 10 m Air
Rifle event. By winning the gold in the 10 m Air Rifle event
at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, he became the first
Indian to win an individual gold medal at the Olympic
Games and India's first gold medal since 1980, when
the Men's Field Hockey Team won the gold.[2][3]
[edit]Early years
Abhinav Bindra was born in an affluent Sikh Punjabi family.
His parents, Dr. Manjit Singh, had an indoor shooting
range installed at their home in Patiala,Punjab.[5]
Abhinav's Mental Coach is Dr. Amit Bhattacharjee - who has been closely associated with him
since the beginning of his career.[7] Dr. Amit Bhattacharjee and Lt. Col. Dhillon (who was also his first
Coach) were the first ones to spot the potential in Abhinav.[8][9][10] Bindra was the youngest Indian
participant at the 2000 Olympic Games.[6] His current coach is five-time Olympic shooter Gabriele
Bühlmann from Basel, Switzerland, with whom he trained in Germany before the Olympics. In the
2000 Olympics he achieved a score of 590, placing him 11th in the qualification round, and did not
qualify for the finals since only the top 8 compete in the finals.[11]
[edit]International performance
Bindra won nine medals at various international meets in 2001. In the 10 m Air rifle event at the 2002
Commonwealth Games, Manchester, he won Gold in the Pairs event and Silver in the individual
At the 2004 Olympic Games, he scored 597 in the qualification round and was placed third
behind Qinan Zhu (599 - Olympic Record) and Li Jie (598). In the finals, Abhinav finished with 97.6
points, last in the field of eight and was the only player below 100 points. His sub-par finals dropped
him from third to seventh.[12]
At the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games, he won the Gold in the Pairs event and the Bronze in
the Singles event. Abhinav missed the 2006 Asian Games at Doha because of a back injuiry.
[edit]2008 Beijing Olympics
Bindra booked his place in the 2008 Olympics by winning the gold medal at the 2006 ISSF World
Shooting Championships with a score of 699.1.[13]

Abhinav Bindra and one of his coaches after his event at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games
At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Abhinav Bindra won the gold for the Men's 10m Air Riflefinal after
shooting a total of 700.5. He scored 596 (fourth) in the qualifying round and out-scored all other
shooters in the finals with a round of 104.5. In the finals, he started with a shot of 10.7, and none of
his shots were below 10.0.[14] Bindra was tied with Henri Häkkinen heading into his final shot. Bindra
scored his highest of the finals — 10.8 while Hakkinen came with 9.7 to settle for the Bronze medal.
It has been alleged that Abhinav Bindra's gun was tampered with between the qualifying and final
round of the event, though no official complaint was filed by the Indian contingent.[16]
This was India's first individual gold medal at the Olympics, and the first gold in 28 years, since
the men's field hockey team won the gold at the 1980 Moscow Olympics.[2] Bindra was rewarded by
various Indian state governments and private organizations for his achievement.
In an interview with Indian fitness site, Abhinav talked about the importance of physical
fitness to this reaction oriented sport. He stressed the importance of training for the specificity of the
sport and the importance of stability, flexibility and coordination. Abhinav also mentioned in the
interview that he does a significant amount of cardiovascular training.[17]