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Abhinav Bindra ( , born September 28, 1982) is an Indianmarker shooter from Zirakpurmarker, Mohalimarker, Punjabmarker 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.

Career

Early years

Abhinav Bindra was born in an affluent Sikh Punjabi family. His parents, Dr. AS and Babli Bindra, had an indoor shooting range installed at their home in Punjab. Bindra's potential talent was first spotted by his first coach Lt. Col. J.S. Dhillon. Bindra was the youngest Indian participant at the 2000 Olympic Games. His current coach is Gabriela Buhlmann 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.

International performance

Bindra won nine medals at various international meets in 2001. In the 10 m Air rifle event at the 2002 Commonwealth Games, Manchestermarker, he won Gold in the Pairs event and Silver in the individual event.

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.

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 Gamesmarker at Dohamarker because of a back injuiry.

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.

At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Abhinav Bindra won the gold for the Men's 10m Air Rifle final 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. 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.

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. Bindra was rewarded by various Indian state governments and private organizations for his achievement.

Training

In an interview with Indian fitness site Takath.com, 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.

Awards and recognition



Awards for 2008 Olympics Gold medal
  • by L. N. Mittal, Arcelor Mittal
  • cash prize by Central Govt
  • cash prize by the State Government of Haryanamarker.
  • Rs. 25 lakh cash prize by the Board of Control for Cricket in India
  • cash prize by Steel Ministry of India
  • cash prize by the State Government of Biharmarker. The Patnamarker Indoor Stadium will be renamed after Abhinav Bindra.
  • Rs. 10 lakh prize by the State Government of Karnatakamarker
  • Rs. 10 lakh cash prize by S. Amolak Singh Gakhal, Chairman Golds Gym
  • Rs. 10 lakh cash prize by Chief Minister of Maharashtramarker state
  • cash prize by State Government of Orissamarker
  • Rs. 5 lakh cash prize by Government of Tamil Nadumarker
  • cash prize by the State Government of Chhattisgarhmarker
  • Rs. 1 lakh cash prize by the State Government of Madhya Pradeshmarker
  • A free lifetime railway pass by the Railway Ministry of India
  • A Gold medal by the State Government of Keralamarker.
  • Rs. 15 lakh cash award by Pune Municipal Corporation.


Business career

Abhinav Bindra holds a B.B.A. (Bachelor of Business Administration) from the University of Coloradomarker, US.

Bindra is the CEO of Abhinav Futuristics, the sole distributor of Walther arms in India. Abhinav has sponsorship tie-ups with Samsung and Sahara Group.

He also recently did advertisement of BSNLmarker with Brand Ambassador and Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone.

References

  1. Athlete Biography: Abhinav Bindra. The official website of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.
  2. Abhinav Bindra wins 10m air rifle gold
  3. Medalists - India, The official website of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games
  4. He did his initial formative education at the famous Doon School , Dehradun. Sikh shooter wins first ever individual gold for India at Olympics
  5. India's Bindra wins gold in the Men's 10m Air Rifle from the Official Website of Beijing Olympics
  6. A news article from Times of India dated 14-08-2008, retrieved 14-08-2008
  7. [1]
  8. List of Arjuna Award recipients in Shooting, from Sports Portal of Government of India
  9. List of Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award recipients, from Sports Portal of Government of India
  10. Padma Awards-2009
  11. [2]
  12. Shooting Star: Prizes pour in as states honour Bindra
  13. BCCI chief sanctions cash award for Bindra
  14. Steel Ministry undertakings announce Rs. 15 lakh cash prize to Abhinav Bindra
  15. [3]
  16. Deshmukh announces Rs 10 lakh cash prize to Bindra
  17. Abhinav’s Olympic Gold brings nostalgia to Orissa CM
  18. TN announces Rs 5 lakh for Bindra
  19. Mittal lends a hand to India's Olympic hero
  20. http://www.keralanext.com/Kerala/read.asp?id=1282016
  21. http://punekar.in/site/2008/08/13/pmc-announces-rs-15-lakh-cash-award-for-abhinav-bindra/


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