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Tintin
August 11, 2008, 12:09 AM
10m Air Rifle. The first individual gold ever for India and the subcontinent. First gold for India since hockey in 1980.

Bindra trailed the leader Henri Hakkinen by 2 points in the qualifying round. Was tied with him before the last shot in the final, but scored a 10.8 (the highest that anyone scored in the final) against Hakkinen's 9.7 in the last shot.

I like to put down linking sports and patriotism but the heart wins over the head in moments like these. It was impossible to watch the medal ceremony without tears in my eyes and the national anthem never sounded so sweet.

PS: Can be merged to the main Olympic thread later if there are not enough replies.

Nocturnal
August 11, 2008, 12:18 AM
http://www.tribuneindia.com/2006/20060729/spr-trib1.jpg

WOW! Congrats!! :notworthy:

India's Bindra wins gold in the Men's 10m Air Rifle

(BEIJING, August 11) -- India's Abhinav Bindra won the gold medal in the Men's 10m Air Rifle in Beijing on August 11 with an incredible performance in the final. Bindra shot a total score of 700.5.

China's Zhu Qinan, gold medalist at Athens 2004, won the silver medal with a total score of 699.7.

The bronze medal was won by Finland's Henri Hakkinen, who was leading the field after the qualification round, but was unable to hold off Bindra and Zhu in the final. The Finnish shooter shot a total of 699.4.

Hakkinen shot 598 in the qualification round, giving him a one point lead over Zhu. Bindra was one point further back with 596.

Bindra signals his intentions early in the final, with a 10.7 on his first shot. None of Bindra's shots in the final dropped below 10.0.

Hakkinen's performance in the final was solid, but it needed to be better. He averaged 10.14 per shot in the final, compared to Bindra's 10.45.

Going into the last shot, Bindra and Hakkinen were tied for first place, but Bindra secured the gold medal with his best shot of the final, an outstanding 10.8.

Conversely, Hakkinen's last shot was his worst, a lowly 9.7. This allowed Zhu to overcome Hakkinen and win the silver medal. Zhu shot 10.5 on his last shot.

Zhu will be disappointed that did not become the first shooter to win two gold medals in the Men's 10m Air Pistol. However, he was unable to reproduce his best – Zhu holds the Olympic record for the final score in the event, the 702.7 that he shot at Athens 2004.

mahbubH
August 11, 2008, 12:25 AM
Congrats...

Miraz
August 11, 2008, 07:56 AM
Big congrats to A Bindra.

ialbd
August 11, 2008, 09:41 AM
congratulations to A Bindra and India for winning the gold....

definitely made the subcontinent proud...

Tigers_eye
August 12, 2008, 01:37 PM
Congratulations!! An achievment that can inspire a billion+ people.

Puck
August 19, 2008, 06:01 AM
lets just hope that they all take up the rifle at once. we shall be in trouble otherwise ;)

Beamer
August 20, 2008, 02:48 PM
lets just hope that they all take up the rifle at once. we shall be in trouble otherwise ;)

We just have to take up semi-automatics then..;)

AsifTheManRahman
August 20, 2008, 03:30 PM
India won a bronze in wrestling as well. Amra kustakustio korte pari na, haay re Bangali.

mirahsan
August 20, 2008, 03:35 PM
oh yes and his mom claimed him to be the most eligible bachelor in India ..

thebest
August 21, 2008, 01:47 PM
the sad thing is even Afgans won a bronze today. C' on Afghanistan they are federations are poor even our standard

Rabz
August 21, 2008, 02:24 PM
Congrats to the Indian wrestler who won the Bronze.
Its a great achievement for you and your country.
You have made 'em proud.

Bancan
August 21, 2008, 04:10 PM
I thought a boxer was suppose to win a guranteed medal. I saw the fight last night.

sbsash
August 21, 2008, 06:22 PM
Congrats Bindra.

Bengaliprince176
August 22, 2008, 04:15 AM
thanks to all brothers giving the congrats to our sportsman! I'd like to think there will always be support for the South Asian countries in the olympics, and a big congrats to the Afghan Medal!

Superb by Bindra, made the country proud, and also our wrestler. Vijender Kumar, the boxer, there was an article on bbc about him, he cnt stand the hype of cricket in India (lol), he's guranteed a bronze, but he wil fight for gold!

Nocturnal
August 23, 2008, 01:58 AM
Beijing 2008-
India won - 1 gold, 2 bronze = total 3 ---> not bad. Congrats!

Beamer
August 25, 2008, 10:39 AM
Whats next for Mr.Bindra? Join the BSF ? lol..