Abhinav Bindra is a celebrated Indian shooter. He brought our country on the international shooting atlas by fetching the gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
Born in a Punjabi Sikh family on 28 September 1982, in Dehradun, India, to Babli Bindra and Arpit Bindra, he holds the honour of being the first Indian to win an individual Olympic gold.
He graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Colorado. Abhinav has a business background as his father runs a business.
Bindra was attracted towards shooting at an early age. He was encouraged by his interest and his parent’s support.
They arranged an indoor shooting range for his practice which was set up at their home.
In a school sports meet, during a shooting competition, his performance was below the mark and he ended up last in the field of eight.
This led him to take up the sports dead-seriously.
Bindra was initially trained by Dr. Amit Bhattacharjee and afterward by Lt. Colonel Dhillon.
At the age of 15, he represented India in the 1998 Commonwealth Games. He was the youngest participant. He went on to win a bronze medal in the 2001 Munich World Cup. Hence, with a score of five ninety-seven out of six-hundred, made a new junior world record.
From out-of-focus to center of focus
He registered his name in history even before Olympics when he won the gold at the 2006 ISSF World Shooting Championships, Zagreb, Croatia. Thus, becoming the first Indian to achieve this.
The 2008 Olympics in Beijing was the best moment of his colourful career when he took a shot at the gold medal in the men’s 10m air rifle event and a shot to fame.
His historic win filled the two-decade gold medal famine at the Olympics for India.
Moreover, over these many years, he has won the World Shooting Championship and numerous medals in Commonwealth Games.
Recognition and Honour
He has the privilege of being the only first Indian citizen to have held both the Olympic and World medals simultaneously.
He was respected with the Arjuna Award, in 2000, this followed by highest sports award Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in 2001.
He was awarded the Padma Bhushan, the third highest civilian award in India in 2009.
Thereafter, Abhinav Bindra neither turned back nor fell down. He has set an example and became a role model to many aspiring shooters.
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