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India Shooter Gets Gold (Updated)

From the Associated Press:

Abhinav Bindra won the gold medal in the 10-meter air rifle Monday, giving India its first medal of the Olympics.
The 2006 world champion entered the final in third place but overtook China's Zhu Qinan and Finland's Henri Hakkinen by scoring 104.5 points for the title.
Bindra finished with 700.5 points, edging out Zhu who had 699.7 points for the silver. Zhu won the gold medal in 2004. Hakkinen got the bronze with 699.4.
Zhu's second place finish gives the Chinese three medals in the shooting competition after Guo Wenjun won the women's 10-meter air pistol and Pang Wei took the men's.

According to this Reuters report, it's India's first individual gold in the Olympics.

Bindra, who faced criticism for failing to deliver on the great promise he showed as a child, said he was not thinking about making history in India with a first individual gold medal. In fact, he said, he was "not thinking about anything".
"I was just trying to concentrate on shooting," he said. "I wasn't thinking of making history. I was two points behind the leaders. I was just trying to shoot good shots. I wanted to shoot well and shoot aggressively. And that's what I did."
His 10.8 of a possible 10.9 on his final shot sparked loud celebrations from group of fans from India.

By Tracee Hamilton  |  August 11, 2008; 10:02 AM ET
Categories:  Shooting  
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Congrats!!! Proud to be an Indian

Posted by: Pandidurai | August 11, 2008 1:53 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: canidy | August 11, 2008 10:19 AM | Report abuse

Congratulations Abhinav!

You have made India proud! You have paved the way have inspired others that there can be more where this came from!

Posted by: Madhu | August 11, 2008 11:00 AM | Report abuse

It amazes me that the indian people criticize somebody that is doing something they can't do just because he doesn't seem to be living up to THEIR expectations. Now, all of a sudden, he is a hero. Sad commentary on indian culture.

Posted by: Michael1945 | August 11, 2008 11:08 AM | Report abuse

how is it possible that the US doesn't win medals in SHOOTING!??! We lead the world in the number of guns per capita. We should be a shoo-in to sweep this competition.

Posted by: Glenn | August 11, 2008 1:38 PM | Report abuse

What is India's population again? Why did it take so long for them to produce someone who was the best in the world at....Anything?

Posted by: Really? | August 11, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

To Really?

Actually, there are quite a few non-olympic sports in which India excels - Chess (World No.1), Billiards (World No.2), Cricket (World No.3).

Unfortunately, sport is not seen as way to economic success & stability in life - as opposed to academic excellence which is guaranteed to get a good paying job. Hence, there has been an apathy towards all sports (except cricket which is a religion in India and not a sport). That's why there are so few Olympic medalists from India.

Posted by: cpatwork | August 11, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

To Glenn: who wrote:
"how is it possible that the US doesn't win medals in SHOOTING!??! We lead the world in the number of guns per capita. We should be a shoo-in to sweep this competition."

That's a really funny comment, btw.

I guess we have bad aim (as evidenced by all of the collateral damage/deaths in gang violence in inner cities).

Posted by: cpatwork | August 11, 2008 4:29 PM | Report abuse

To comment on really comment as to why Indians did not excel at anything is my response. We are too busy doing your outsourced jobs, being your doctors, lawyers and engineers.

Posted by: Jo | August 12, 2008 8:44 PM | Report abuse

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