On this day in 2008: Abhinav Bindra won India's first individual Olympic gold

On this day in 2008: Abhinav Bindra won India’s first individual Olympic gold

New Delhi: Abhinav Bindra, who nonetheless holds the document for the one particular person gold medal for India within the Olympics, achieved the feat on this present day (August 11) in 2008. 

Bindra’s gold got here throughout his 2008 Beijing Olympics journey and the 10-metre air rifle shooter was seen on the prime of his craft. 

The shooter hit a 10.Eight in his final shot to get India its first particular person gold medal.

Before this shot, he was tied with Finland`s Henri Hakkinen and if he had shot something lower than 10.8, he wouldn’t have received the gold medal.

Since Beijing, Indian contingent has gone into 2 Olympics, however have not been capable of bag a person gold but.

Having began his Olympic journey in Sydney again in 2000, the 37-year-old shooter certified in three Olympic finals together with his golden journey of Beijing in 2008 (Athens being the opposite one) in his pet 10m air rifle, whereas he missed out in Sydney and London.

Bindra, India`s lone particular person Olympic gold medallist, in 2017 had formally introduced his retirement from taking pictures, saying `it’s time to transfer on and hand over the baton to the youthful technology.`

The shooter had missed a close to second Olympic medal within the Rio Olympics 2016.

Tokyo Olympics had been slated to go forward this 12 months, however it has been pushed to subsequent 12 months as a result of coronavirus pandemic.

Earlier this 12 months, Bindra had mentioned that India would go into the Olympics as favourites within the taking pictures.

“We go into the games as favourites in shooting, we will be favourites in multiple events. We have 15 quota places at the moment which will result in 21 starts as some of them shoot in multiple events, so 21 shots at a medal, and even if we achieve 50 per cent of the target, that`s a whole lot of medals,” Bindra had mentioned.

Since September 1, 2018, which was the start of the qualification interval for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Indian shooters have received a document 15 Olympic quota locations.