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Bindra claims India's first gold

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Air rifle gold for India's Bindra

Abhinav Bindra became India's first individual Olympic gold medallist when he claimed the men's 10m air rifle shooting title on Monday.

Athens Games champion Zhu Qinan of China won the silver and Henri Hakkinen of Finland took the bronze medal.

Bindra finished with 700.5 points, to edge out Zhu who had 699.7 points for the silver. Hakkinen got the bronze with 699.4.

Britain's Jonathan Hammond could only manage a lowly finish of 29th.

"It can't get better than this, can it?" said Bindra.

"I know India was waiting for this for a long time and so was I.

"I narrowly missed a medal at Athens so I knew I would be in with a chance if I focused on the job."

India, winners of eight field hockey gold medals, had never won an individual Olympic title before Bindra's feat.

The previous best was trap shooter Rajyavardhan Rathore's silver at Athens, while there were bronze medals for wrestler Khasaba Jadhav (1952), tennis star Leander Paes (1996) and woman weightlifter Karnam Malleswari (2000).

Indian Sports Minister Manohar Singh Gill said Bindra's performance would inspire the nation to more glory.

"This is going to give a huge incentive in going up further and becoming a dominant (sporting) power," he told Indian TV.

"We've won hockey golds in the past but the individual gold is going to give a huge fillip to all our sports. The boys and girls will run that much faster and jump that much longer."




Shooting medals table

Sunday, 24 August 2008 10:17 UK
Rank Country Gold Silver Bronze TOTAL
1 also show each event results forChina 5 2 1 8
Men's 10m Air Pistol 1 0 0
Men's 10m Air Rifle 1 1 0
Men's 50m Pistol 0 1 0
Men's 50m Rifle 3 Positions 1 0 0
Men's Double Trap 0 0 1
Women's 10m Air Pistol 1 0 0
Women's 50m Rifle 3 Positions 1 0 0
2 also show each event results forUSA 2 2 2 6
Men's 10m Air Pistol 0 0 1
Men's 50m Rifle Prone 0 1 0
Men's Double Trap 1 0 0
Men's Skeet 1 0 0
Women's Skeet 0 1 0
Women's Trap 0 0 1
3 also show each event results forCzech Republic 2 1 0 3
Men's Trap 1 0 0
Women's 10m Air Rifle 1 0 0
Women's 50m Rifle 3 Positions 0 1 0
4 also show each event results forUkraine 2 1 0 3
Men's 25m Rapid Fire Pistol 1 0 0
Men's 50m Rifle 3 Positions 0 1 0
Men's 50m Rifle Prone 1 0 0
5 also show each event results forItaly 1 2 0 3
Men's Double Trap 0 1 0
Men's Trap 0 1 0
Women's Skeet 1 0 0
6 also show each event results forSouth Korea 1 1 0 2
Men's 10m Air Pistol 0 1 0
Men's 50m Pistol 1 0 0
7 also show each event results forFinland 1 0 1 2
Men's 10m Air Rifle 0 0 1
Women's Trap 1 0 0
8 also show each event results forIndia 1 0 0 1
Men's 10m Air Rifle 1 0 0
9 also show each event results forRussia 0 2 2 4
Men's 50m Pistol 0 0 1
Men's Trap 0 0 1
Women's 10m Air Pistol 0 1 0
Women's 10m Air Rifle 0 1 0
10 also show each event results forGermany 0 1 3 4
Men's 25m Rapid Fire Pistol 0 1 1
Women's 25m Pistol 0 0 1
Women's Skeet 0 0 1
11 also show each event results forMongolia 0 1 0 1
Women's 25m Pistol 0 1 0
12 also show each event results forNorway 0 1 0 1
Men's Skeet 0 1 0
13 also show each event results forSlovakia 0 1 0 1
Women's Trap 0 1 0
14 also show each event results forAustralia 0 0 1 1
Men's 50m Rifle Prone 0 0 1
15 also show each event results forCroatia 0 0 1 1
Women's 10m Air Rifle 0 0 1
16 also show each event results forCuba 0 0 1 1
Women's 50m Rifle 3 Positions 0 0 1
17 also show each event results forFrance 0 0 1 1
Men's Skeet 0 0 1
18 also show each event results forGeorgia 0 0 1 1
Women's 10m Air Pistol 0 0 1
19 also show each event results forSlovenia 0 0 1 1
Men's 50m Rifle 3 Positions 0 0 1

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see also
Olympics blog
07 Aug 08 |  Olympics
Beijing 2008
14 Feb 08 |  Olympics
Finland capture women's trap gold
11 Aug 08 |  Shooting
Abhinav Bindra: Reticent champion
11 Aug 08 |  South Asia
India fetes first gold medallist
11 Aug 08 |  South Asia


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