Abhinav Bindra won India’s first ever individual gold medal in Olympic history when he claimed the men’s 10m Air Rifle shooting title here on Monday. Athens Games champion Zhu Qinan of China won the silver and Henri Hakkinen of Finland took the bronze at the Beijing Shooting Hall on the outskirts of the Chinese capital.
Bindra, the 25-year-old businessman from the northern city of Chandigarh, the world champion in the event, won with a score of 596 ahead of defending champion Zhu Qinan of China and Finland’s Henri Hakkinen.
India’s previous eight Olympic gold medals came from its field hockey team, had never won an individual Olympic title before Bindra’s feat.
India’s 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).