10 Indian athletes whose greatest achievements need to be highlighted
#9 Abhinav Bindra
With a killer aim, Bindra hit bullseye for the shooting fraternity of India when he bagged the gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics in the 10m air rifle event; becoming the first ever Indian to clinch a coveted Olympic Gold in an individual event. All of India’s pervious Olympic Gold medals came from Hockey, a team sport; and in that too, the last gold came way back in the year 1980.
His career graph started peaking at 2001 when he won six medals at various international tournaments, including a bronze at the 2011 Munich World Cup. He then went on to become the youngest player in the entire Indian contingent at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. After battling a serious back injury, he came back with a bang, winning gold at the 2006 ISSF World Shooting Championships. This win helped him book his berth at the 2008 Beijing Olympics where he created history. His awards inlcude the Rajiv gandhi khel Ratna, arjuna award and Padma Bhushan.
Published 30 Aug 2015, 16:13 IST