Monday, August 11, 2008

India wins Gold Medal in Beijing Olympics 2008

Abhinav BindraAbhinav Bindra of India has won the gold medal in the Men's 10m Air Rifle in Beijing on August 11. Bindra shot a total score of 700.5 and finished ahead of China's Zhu Qinan, gold medalist at Athens 2004, and Finland's Henri Hakkinen, who was leading the field after the qualification round.

The 25-year old youngster from Chandigarh has made the entire Indian nation proud by lifting the gold medal with an incredible performance in the final. Abhinav Bindra has made history as he became the first Indian individual to win an Olympics Gold medal. He improved upon the performance of shooter Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, who won silver in the double trap event at the 2004 Games in Athens.

The eight gold medals, so far won by the Indians, had been through the team sport of Hockey. It is a pity that India does not even feature in the Beijing 2008 Olympics Hockey event. So, it is a highly satisfying performance by Bindra, considering the fact that India’s last gold medal came in the year 1980. Since then, the Indians managed a lone bronze each in 1996 and 2000, followed by a silver in 2004.

Indians would be over the moon with the gold medal, as the paltry 15 medals from 21 appearances in the Olympics would tell you how dearly they needed a medal. With one medal in the kitty, can the Indians equalize/ better the performance of 1952, the only time they won two medals in an Olympics tournament.

Whatever happens from now in Beijing, Bindra can hold his head high. Congratulations to him and this blog salutes his efforts.

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