Abhinav Bindra Profile and Biography
Abhinav Bindra (1982 – ) is an ace Indian shooter from Zirakpur, Punjab and the first Indian to ever win an individual Olympic gold medal. He currently holds the world and Olympic champion title for the 10 m Air Rifle event. This is where a 4.5 mm rifle is shot at a distance of 10 metres away from a circular target.
Bindra is from a prosperous Sikh family from the Mohali district and and traveled from the satellite city to attended St. Stephen’s School in neighbouring Chandigarh. Abhinav’s shooting skills were first noticed by Lt. Col. Dhillon, the highly decorated WWII veteran. The Lt. Col became Bindra’s first shooting coach and nurtured his affinity for shooting. Abhinav was just 18 years old when he represented India in the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney and although he shot a high score of 590, it was not enough to qualify for the finals.
However 8 years later, Bindra shone in Beijing with a total of 700.5 points and brought home Olympic gold, which hadn’t been done since the men’s field hockey team won in the 1980 Moscow Games. He is a hot contender on team India in the London 2012 Summer Olympics.
Abhinav Bindra’s Events
- Men’s 10m Air Rifle – Individual
- Men’s 10m Air Rifle – Pairs
Find out how shooters are scored in the 10m Air Rifle event.
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