New Delhi, 23th September 2014: Abhinav Bindra, India’s only individual Olympic Gold medalist, helped his country to a couple of more Bronze medals on Day 4 of competition at the 17th Asian Games at Incheon, Korea, in what was his last professional performance for his country at the highest level. The Indian ace, who had announced yesterday that this would be his last Asian Games, first teamed up with compatriots Ravi Kumar and Sanjeev Rajput in the 10M Air Rifle Men’s Team Finals to finish third with an overall score of 1863, more than 3 points clear of the fourth placed team from Iran. Hosts South Korea bagged the Silver with a score of 1867.6 while World Champions China won the Gold medal, finishing with a score of 1886.4. Having qualified in fifth position with a score of 625.4 for the eight man individual finals, Bindra then settled for another Bronze medal, when he shot a 187.1, not enough to prevent a Chinese 1-2 for the top positions. World Champion Yang Haoran won the Gold in the event while Cao Yifei won the Silver.
“I am happy with the results. It was a tough competition today and the Chinese were excellent, but I am glad I managed to hang on and return with a medal,” said Abhinav Bindra, just after he won the Bronze.
In the process, Bindra also ensured that the rich medals haul for India from the shooting range continued unabated. He won the fifth and sixth medal respectively from the shooting range for India on just the fourth day of competition.
Congratulating Abhinav from London, Mr. Raninder Singh, President NRAI said, “ Abhinav has once again proven to be the champion that he is. He has now the unique distinction of being the only Indian athlete in history of winning one of every international medal on offer. As President NRAI I would like to assure all that Abhinav shall be making all efforts to re-emulate his Olympic Gold performance at Rio. The way we want to see him win the Gold, even he wants his medal back and NRAI will not be found wanting in support to him in this noble effort. I would also like to congratulate Sanjeev and Ravi alongwith Abhinav for the splendid performance in the 10M Air Rifle Performance which helped them procure the Bronze today."
With today’s medal, Abhinav Bindra also became the only Indian shooter to have medals in all international competition. He won the World Championships in 2006, Olympic Gold in 2008, Asian Championships in 2012, Commonwealth Games Gold in 2014 and now his first Individual Asian Games Bronze.
When asked about his decision to ease off from professional shooting, he added, “ I will train twice a week I will give trials. My participation in World Cups shall only happen if I feel like and only when I am playing good enough with better scores. I will then try for the quota place and would become a hobby shooter. Shooting is in my blood and I cannot do without it. If I don’t shoot for two weeks my body becomes numb.”