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Abhinav Bindra

(L-R) Olympic medalist Abhinav Bindra, Indian cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar and former tennis player Mahesh Bhupathi during 'Dreams of a Billion' book launch, in Mumbai.

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Founder of Sulabh International Bindeshwar Pathak, Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat and former shooter Abhinav Bindra along with school children cut the 569 kg 'Laddu' specially made on 'Swachhta Diwas' to celebrate Prime Minister Narendra Modi's birthday, in New Delhi.

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On August 11, 2008, Bindra hit the bulls-eye and made Olympic history in Beijing by bec­oming the first Indian to win an individual gold. He mastered the 10m air rifle in the fin­als, having finished fourth in the qualificati­ons. He raised his game and shot 104.5 poi­­nts for a total of 700.5. It was 1.8 points more than the second-placed Chinese Zhu Qinan.

Ace shooter Abhinav Bindra, wrestler Sangram Singh and boxer Akhil Kumar (2nd R) at a press conference to announce the 1st KD Jadhav International Memorial Kushti Championship, starting from Sep 15, 2017, in New Delhi.

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Cricket legends Sachin Tendulkar, Saurav Ganguly, shooter Abhinav Bindra and paralympians Deepa Malik and Devendra Jhajharia during the grand opening of Fanatic Sports Museum, in Kolkata.

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Indian's shooter Abhinav Bindra competes in the Men's 10m Air Rifle qualifying round at Rio Olympics 2016 at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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Abhinav Bindra carries the flag of India during the opening ceremony for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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Abhinav Bindra carries the flag of India during the opening ceremony for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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Abhinav Bindra carries the flag of India during the opening ceremony for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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India's Abhinav Bindra pauses during the Men's 10m Air Rifle competition practice session ahead of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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Indian shooter Abhinav Bindra speaks to an official on his arrival in Rio de Janeiro for the Olympic Games starting August 5.

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India's Abhinav Bindra celebrates after winning bronze medal in the 10m air rifle individual eventat the Ongnyeon International Shooting Range at the 17th Asian Games at Incheon, South Korea. Bindra bid adieu to Asian Games by clinching the individual bronze medal in men's 10-m air rifle event after guiding the team to a third-place finish on the fourth day of competitions.

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Gold Medalist Abhinav Bindra being welcomed by family on his arrival at the IGI Airport in New Delhi. Bindra won gold in the Men's 10M Air Rifle event at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.

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India's Abhinav Bindra reacts after winning the gold medal in Men's 10M Air Rifle event at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.

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On Yellow Books The face that launches a thousand products, Sachin Tendulkar was in demand again for the brilliantly produced commemorative volume from the Times of India, Sporting Times. Abhinav Bindra lends his gol­den weight for the occasion.

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Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, shooter Abhinav Bindra and Boria Mazumdar at the launch of coffee table book 'Sporting Times', celebrating 175 years of The Times of India, in Mumbai.

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Jitendra Singh, Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports and Olympian Abhinav Bindra meeting IOC officials Christophe de Kepper and Jerome Poivey at International Olympic Committee Headquarters at Lausanne, Switzerland.

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Abhinav Bindra Shooting A golden return remained a pipe-dream, failed to even qualify for the 10 m finals

Beijing Olympics gold-medallist Abhinav Bindra reacts after failing to qualify for 10m air rifle event at the Olympic Games 2012 in London.

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Abhinav Bindra competes in the qualification round of 10m Air Rifle shooting event at the Olympic Games 2012 in London.

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A combo image, from left, Abhinav Bindra and Gagan Narang in the qualification round of 10m Air Rifle shooting event at the Olympic Games 2012 in London. Beijing Games gold medallist Abhinav Bindra crashed out of the 10m air rifle event at the London Olympics with a dismal display in the qualifying rounds, but compatriot Gagan Narang kept alive India's hopes by advancing to the medal round. Bindra, who scripted history four years ago by becoming the country's first-ever individual gold medallist in the Olympics, shot 594 out of 600 to finish a shocking 16th out of 47 competitors and lost the golden chance of becoming the world's first shooter to win two successive gold medals at the mega event. However, Narang kept India in the hunt by finishing third with 598, a point behind world number 1 Niccolo Campriani of Italy and Romania's Moldoveanu Alin George who both shot an Olympic record-equalling 599 to stand first and second in the qualifying round at the Royal Artillery Barracks.

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Cricketer MS Dhoni, Shooter Abhinav Bindra and combat specialist Deepak Annaji Rao during the felicitation ceremony after a grant of honorary rank of Lt Colonel in the Territorial Army, in New Delhi.

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Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs Ajay Maken, Indian ace shooter Abhinav Bindra and Rohit Brijnath (author) releasing a book on Abhinav's autobiography " A Shot at History" in New Delhi.

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Ace shooter Abhinav Bindra and boxer M.C. Mary Kom admiring the mascot of London 2012 Olympics during the unveiling of the games' countdown clock in New Delhi.

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(from R) Indian shooters Gagan Narang, Abhinav Bindra and Sanjeev Rajput, who won silver in men's 10m air rifle event of 16th Asian Games, during the medal ceremony at Aoti Shooting Range, Guangzhou, in China

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India's gold winner Gagan Narang, left, and compatriot silver medalist Abhinav Bindra shows their medals after the medal award ceremony for the men's singles 10m air rifle during the Commonwealth Games at the Dr. Karni Singh Shooting Range in New Delhi.

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From left, silver winner Abhinav Bindra, gold winner Gagan Narang and bronze winner from England James Huckle pose during the medals ceremony for the 10M Air Rifle Men for Commonwealth Games at the Dr. Karni Singh Shooting Range in New Delhi.

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From left, gold winners for the 25-meter women's pistol India's Anisa Sayyed and Rahi Sarnobat, coach Sunny Thomas, Gold medalist for men's 10-meter air rifle pairs Abinav Bindra and Gagan Narang and silver medalists Deepak Sharma and Omkar Singh pose during a press conference after winning their medals during the Commonwealth Games at the Dr. Karni Singh Shooting Range in New Delhi.

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Shooting pair Abhinav Bindra, right, and Gagan Narang, show v-signs with their rifle team coach Stanislav Lapidus after wining the gold medal in the 10-meter air rifle pairs event during the Commonwealth Games at the Dr. Karni Singh Shooting Range in New Delhi.

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Indian shooting pair Abhinav Bindra, right, and Gagan Narang talk at each other after wining the gold medal in the 10-meter air rifle pairs event during the Commonwealth Games at the Dr. Karni Singh Shooting Range in New Delhi. Bindra and Gagan Narang fired in unison and shot a Games record 1193 in men's 10m air rifle event to give the country its first gold medal in the 19th Commonwealth Games.

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Commonwealth Games Organizing Committee Chairman Suresh Kalmadi, right, speaks as Indian shooter Abhinav Bindra, looks on during an event to display the outfit for volunteers of the Games, in New Delhi.

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Commonwealth Games Organizing Committee Chairman Suresh Kalmadi, right, and Indian shooter Abhinav Bindra, center, display the outfit for volunteers of the Games, in New Delhi.

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Beijing gold medallist Abhinav Bindra is scuppered by the NRAI who drop him for the C’wealth Shooting C’ships in Delhi. A war of words ensues, NRAI cites lack of “trial scores”.

Sports stars and legends clap during Queen's Baton relay ceremony at London's Buckingham Palace. The ceremony starts the countdown to the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi. From left: Abhinav Bindra, British cricketer Monty Panesar, Kapil Dev, Sania Mirza, five times National ladies squash champion Misha Soni and 1958 Commonwealth 400m gold medal winner Milkha Singh.

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Monday August 11, 2008
Finally, India's first ever individual Olympic gold -- in 108 years of participation in the games! Abhinav Bindra, center, opened India's account at Beijing, also ending the 28-year old draught of any gold medal since the hockey team's win in 1980, by winning the men's 10m Air Rifle final at Shooting Range Hall in Beijing. Silver medallist Zhu Qinan, left, of China, and bronze medallist Henri Hakkinen, of Finland, flank Abhinav on the podium during the medal ceremony as the Indian national anthem plays on. Also See: Shooting To The Top

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