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Abhinav Bindra Shoots India to Bronze in Swansong

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.”



Jitu Rai fires India to First Gold at Incheon

New Delhi, September 20: Fresh from his Silver medal at the World Championship 10 days back, Jitu stormed to Gold in Incheon, making it 6 medals in a row in 6 competitions in World Shooting Since June.

Jitu the World No 5 qualified in 7th place for the final with a score of 559. World Champion Jin Jingoh of Korea qualified in first place with 568. In the final Jitu was in the hunt from the word go and stayed in touch with the leaders despite a shaky start. But the form, which has seen him dominate World Shooting and rise to World No 5 in 50m Pistol, ensured he started to catch up with the best. He took the lead in the 19th shot and on the final shot clinched the Gold as Vietnam's Nguyen Hoang Phuong cracked under the pressure. Jitu held his nerve and a 8.4 clinched India's first Gold. Read more...



Shri Baljit Singh Sethi, Advisor and D V Seetharama Rao, Secretary General, NRAI presented a memento on behalf of the National Rifle Association of India to His Excellency Sheikh Salman, President of Asian Shooting Confederation during General Assembly Meeting of Asian Shooting Confederation at Incheon Korea on 18th September 2014.






Staging of 34th North Zone Shooting Championship 2014 in Small Bore Rifle/Pistol & Shotgun events at Dr. Karni Singh Shooting Ranges from 26th October to 2nd November 2014

The Governing Body of NRAI in its meeting held on 21st June 2014 has allotted the conduct of 34th North Zone Shooting Championship 2014 to Delhi State Rifle Association in Small Bore Rifle and Pistol and shotgun events at Dr. Karni Singh Shooting Ranges, New Delhi 26th October to 2nd November 2014 as per rules and regulations under NRAI Match Book 2013.

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  1. 34th North Zone Shooting Championship Circular
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