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Abhinav Bindra

Abhinav Bindra




  • Abhinav Bindra was born on 18 september 1982 into a wealthy Punjabi family. He studied at The Doon School for two years before moving to St. Stephen’s School, Chandigarh; he graduated from Stephen’s in 2000.
  • His parents had an indoor shooting range installed at their home in Patiala, Punjab.Amit Bhattacharjee and Lt. Col. Dhillon (who was also his first coach) were the first ones to spot potential in Abhinav.
  • Bindra was the youngest Indian participant at the 2000 Summer Olympics.


  • At the 2000 Olympics, a 17-year-old Bindra achieved a score of 590, placing him 11th in the qualification round, meaning he did not qualify for the finals since only the top eight competed in the finals.
  • At 15, Abhinav Bindra was the youngest participant in the 1998 Commonwealth Games. His breakthrough, came when he won a Bronze at the 2001 Munich World Cup with a new junior world record score of 597/600.
  • He won six gold medals at various international meets in 2001. In 2000 he was honoured with the Arjuna Award, and in 2001, the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award.


  • In the Air Rifle event at the 2002 Commonwealth Games, held in Manchester, he medalled: gold in the Pairs event and Silver in the individual event.
  • In the 2004 Athens Olympics, he established a new Olympic record but did not medal.
  • On 24 July 2006, Bindra became the first Indian shooter to win a World Championship gold in Zagreb. At the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games, he won the Gold in the Pairs event and the Bronze in the Singles event. Abhinav missed the 2006 Asian Games at Doha because of a back injury.


  • At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Abhinav Bindra titled in the Men’s 10m Air Rifle event, shooting a total of 700.5. He scored 596 (fourth) in the qualifying round and out-scored all other shooters in the finals with a round of 104.5.
  • Bindra scored his highest of the finals. It has been all This was India’s first individual gold medal at the Olympics, and the first gold in 28 years, since the men’s field hockey team won the gold at the 1980 Moscow Olympics.


  • At the 2010 Commonwealth Games held in New-Delhi, Abhinav Bindra was honoured as the national flag-bearer at the opening ceremony.
  • Abhinav Bindra won the Gold medal in the Men’s 10-metre Air rifle event at the 12th Asian Shooting Championships, held in Doha Qatar.
  • Abhinav Bindra lost in the qualification round at the 2012 London Olympics finishing in 16th place with a score of 594, though his compatriot Gagan Narang made it to the finals in 3rd place for the bronze medal, India’s inaugural medal at London 2012.


  • In 2014 Commonwealth Games at Glasgow, Abhinav Bindra again won Gold in the Men’s 10m air rifle singles event.
  • At the 2016 Summer Olympics at Rio de Janeiro, he came fourth in the Men’s 10m Air Rifle singles event.


  • HarperSport published his autobiography, A Shot at History: My Obsessive Journey to Olympic Gold which he co-authored with sportswriter Rohit Brijnath in October 2011.
  • Harshvardhan Kapoor will essay the lead in Abhinav’s biopic for the big screen. He is the mentor and coach of air rifle shooter Pushan Jain.