Shooting champion Abhinav Bindra created history when he bagged India's first ever individual gold medal at the Olympics, Winning 10m Air Rifle Event at the Beijing Games. Abhinav shot an overall score of ( 596 + 140.5) 700.5 in a thrilling final which had a nail - biting finish. He bettered the silver medal feat of double trap shooter Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore in Athens Olympics 2004. His is the first gold in 28 years, since the Men's Hockey team grabbed the gold at the 1980 Moscow Olympic.
Personal Life Details
- Born: September28, 1982 (age 25) Dehra Dun, Uttarakhand,India
- Residence: Zirakpur, Punjab(India)
- Nationality: Indian
- Ethnicity: Punjabi
- Education: Bachelor of Business Administration
- (BBA) Alma mater: University of Colorado
- Occupation: Sportsman (Shooter)
- Height: 174 cm ( 5 Ft. 8 In. ) ( As August of 2008)
- Weight: 65.5 Kg. (144 Lb. ) ( As August of 2008)
- Parents: Apjit Bindra, Babli Bindra
- CEO Of: Abhinav Futuristics
- First Coach: Lt. Col. J. S. Dhillon
Abhinav Bindra comes from an affluent (Khatri) sikh family. His parents, Dr. Apjit and Babli Bindra, are promoters of the Hitech Group of companies. The group has a turnover of Rs. 300 crores (US $75 million) with interests in agro and dog food - processing, computer gaming, livestock genetics and pharmaceuticals. Bindra has one sister - Divya, a fashion designer, married into the family that owns Atlas Cycles (Haryana) Bindra studied at the Doonschool, Dehradunand later at St. Stephens School, Chandigarh. He earned his BBA from the University of Colorado. Abhinav Bindra's immense talent was first spotted by Lt. Col. J. S. Dhillon. He was Abhinav's first coach.
A look at the career of Abhinav Bindra shows that there is no stranger to success at global arena. At tender age of 15, Bindra became the youngest participant at the 1998 Commonwealth Games. Progressing rapidly, he made a Junior World Record score of - 597/600 in 2001 Munich World Cup and won a Bonze there. Making waves in the sports arena, he won six gold medals at variousinter national meets in 2001. He clinched gold in 2002. Manchester Commonwealth Games to become the first Indian shooter to win a World Championship gold. At the 2004 Olympic Games, he smashed the Olympic record but failed to win a medal. And now, in the Beijing Olympics, he has won the Gold.
Abhinav is a recipient of the Arjun Award in 2001. Abhinav was also awarded the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna in 2001, in recognition of his exploits of gold.
Awards for Olympic GOLD Medal
- Rs. 1 crore cash prize by State Government of Punjab.
- 2 lakh cash prize by Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee.
- Rs. 25 lakh cash prize by the Board of Control for Cricket in India.
- Rs. 15 lakh cash prize by Steel Ministry of India.
- A free lifetime railway pass by the Railway Ministry of India.
- Rs. 10 lakh cash prize by Chief Minister of Maharashtra state.
- Rs. 10 lakh cash prize by the State Government of Karnataka.
- Rs. 11 lakh cash prize by the State Government of Bihar. The Patna Indoor Stadium will be renamed after Abhinav Bindra.
- Rs. 1 lakh cash prize by the State Government of Chhattisgarh.
- Rs. 25 lakh cash prize by the State Government of Haryana.
- Rs. 5 lakh cash prize by M. Karunanidhi, the chief minister of Tamil Nadu.
- A Gold medal by the State Government of Kerala.
Comments of Sports Person/Politicians
- Vasudevan Baskaran, who had led India win its last Olympic gold medal in hockey in 1980 Moscow edition, today described shooter Abhinav Bindra's feat as better than his team's effort 28 years ago.
- Former tennis ace Vijay Amritraj said "Itis a great moment for India. I always said we had a good chance at shooting. Bindra has brought us all great honour and pride. It should inspire all our athletes in Beijing to improve up honour status in the quadrennial games".
- Congress Chief Sonia Gandhi and Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee were amongst the others who joined the nation in commending Bindra for his achievement.
- President Pratibha Patil said on Monday - Abhinav Bindra had "realised the dream" of a billion Indians by winning the 10 metre air rifle event at the Beijing Olympics, when she congratulated the Chandigarh sportsman who got India its first individual gold medal.
All the Best for Abhinav Bindra............
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