The most celebrated Indian shooter Abhinav Bindra, who in 2008 became the first Indian to win an individual medal in the Beijing Olympics is all set to hang up his boots and guns at the end of fourth day of the 2014 Incheon Asian Games. Bindra announced his decision that this will be his last Asian Games few hours before the day 4 began. He is the most successful Indian shooter in the International stage as he is the only Indian to have held both the World and Olympic titles at the same time, a feat he accomplished by capturing the Gold Medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, after having won the gold at the 2006 ISSF World Shooting Championships.

After becoming the youngest Indian to take part in the World Champions way back in 1998, Abhinav Bindra rose to an inspiration to millions of people during his 16 year career in which he has won several laurels for the country. His first success came in the 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games in which he won a Gold and a silver in 10 m Air Rifle pairs and singles respectively. Since then, he was won 6 Golds, 3 Silvers and 3 Bronze medals in all. His biggest victories came in the 2006 Zagreb World Championships where he won a Gold after coming back from his back that made him to miss the action for almost a year in which he could not even hold the Rifle.

With that win, he qualified for the 2008 Olympics and the rest is history. He followed it up with a Gold in the 10 m Air Rifle Pairs in the 2010 New Delhi Commonwealth Games and successfully defended his Gold from Manchester, 2002 and Melbourne, 2006. He failed to repeat his heroics in the 2012 London Olympics where he failed to qualify for the finals of the tournament. His last Gold came in the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games in the same event.

His only low during his career is he hasn’t won a single Asian Games Gold. Even in his last day at office, Bindra won a Bronze each in 10 m Air Rifle team and individual event. With that win, Bindra won’t be seen in Indian colours holding a Rifle over his right shoulder.

He said in an interview: I’ve been a shooter for 20 years of my life. I want to be a hobby shooter for a bit. If I am shooting well enough and at a level good enough to compete at World Cups, I will surely go for trials and compete. If I qualify for Rio, of course I will compete.


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