New Delhi, August 11 : Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari has congratulated Abhinav Bindra for winning the gold medal in the men's ten-metre air rifle event at the Beijing Olympic Games today.
The Vice President noted that the gold medal of Bindra, the first ever won by an Indian at the Olympics in an individual event, epitomizes his hard work and determination.
He said that this singular achievement is an inspiration for all Indian sportspersons and has made the country proud.
Bindra won the gold medal in men's ten-meter air rifle event after earning a total of 700.5 points.
Earlier, Abhinav, who became the first Indian individual gold medallist at the Olympics, had qualified for the men's 10m air rifle event finals. He finished the qualifying event joint fourth with Romania's George Alin Moldoveanu after the duo shot a score of 596/600.
He scored a series of 100,99,100,98,100 and 99 in the qualifiers.
However, India's other medal hope Gagan Narang failed to make the final cut in the same event finishing ninth with a score of 595/600. He shot a series of 97, 100, 100, 100, 98 and 100.
Abhinav, who was the youngest Indian participant at the 2000 Olympic Games, won six gold medals at various international meets in 2001. In the Air rifle event at the 2002 Commonwealth Games, Manchester, he won gold in the Pairs event and silver in the individual event. At the 2004 Olympic Games, he broke the Olympic record but failed to win a medal.
He is a recipient of the Arjuna award in 2001 and the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award for the year 2001-2002.
Story first published: Monday, August 11, 2008, 20:51 [IST]
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