India's first ever solo Olympic gold
Abhinav Singh Bindra

India clinched its first ever individual Olympic gold medal coming after participating in the Olympics for 108 years, in the event 10 meter air rifle shooting finals at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. The historic victory by Abhinav Singh Bindra credited him the first Indian to win an individual gold medal at the Olympic Games and the first gold medal since 1980 when the Men's Field Hockey Team won the gold.

“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. 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 Bronze medal.”

“Abhinav Singh Bindra belongs to an affluent Punjabi Khatri Sikh family. His parents, Dr. Apjit and Babli Bindra, are promoters of the Hitech Group of companies with a turnover of Rs. 300 crores (US $75 million) with interests in agro- and dog food-processing, computer gaming, livestock genetics and pharmaceuticals.


He studied at the Elite Doon School, Dehradun till the 8th standard and then left for St. Stephens School, Chandigarh. He earned his BBA from the University of Colorado.

His height and weight are 173 cm (5 ft 8 in) and 65.5 kg (144 lb) (As of August 2008)respectively. He did his shooting training in Germany. He practiced for 12-14 hours a day at the shooting range that he owns at his farmhouse near Chandigarh.

Abhinav Bindra won Arjuna award 2000 and Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna 2001 (India's highest sports award).

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