Beijing Olympics Gold medal winner, Abhinav Bindra who made India proud with his shooting skills was born on September 28, 1982. He won the 10m Air Rifle event to become India’s first individual Olympic gold medallist.
Bindra remains the only individual Olympic gold medallist from India. He has launched the Abhinav Bindra Shooting Development Programme through which he provides support to India’s up and coming talented shooters.
On the occasion of Abhinav Bindra’s birthday, let’s have a look at his shooting journey:
- Abhinav Bindra participated in the Commonwealth Games at the age of 14. He was the youngest participant in the 1998 Commonwealth Games.
- In 2000, he was awarded the Arjuna Award.
- In 2001, he was awarded the highest sports award Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, and a bronze at Munich World Cup
- In 2006, Abhinav Bindra became the first Indian shooter to win a gold medal in the World Championship in Zagreb
- In the same year, he won another gold medal in the ‘Pairs’ event in the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games
- In the 2008 Olympics, Abhinav Bindra won the gold medal in Beijing Olympics, bringing the first individual gold medal in India
- In 2009, Abhinav Bindra was awarded the Padma Bhushan Award, the third-highest civilian award
- In 2011, Abhinav Bindra was awarded the Honorary Lieutenant Colonel by Indian Territorial Army
- In the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, Abhinav Bindra won a gold medal.
- In 2015, he won a gold medal in Asian Air Gun Championship
- In May 2016, he was appointed as the Goodwill Ambassador for Rio 2016 Olympic Games Indian Contingent by the Indian Olympics Association (IOA)
- At the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics, Bindra finished 4th in the finals of the 10m Air Rifle Event
- On September 5, 2016, Bindra announced his retirement.