India’s Abhinav Bindra from Chandigarh surprises all by winning the gold medal in the Men’s 10m Air Rifle on August 11

BEIJING, China – Upsets marked the third day of competition in the Olympic Shooting tournament. India’s Abhinav Bindra surprised all by winning the gold medal in the Men’s 10m Air Rifle. Bindra shot a total of 700.5 to defeat favorite Zhu Qinan of China and Henri Hakkinen of Finland, who won the silver and bronz medals respectively. Bindra’s gold medal is the first time that an Indian athlete has won an individual Olympic gold medal. India’s previous eight gold medals were all won in Hockey.

Athens 2004 gold medalist Zhu was disappointed at not winning his second Olympic gold medal, but he had a lot more Olympic competition ahead of him. Zhu is only 23 years old.

At 25, Bindra is not much older than Zhu, so on August 11 the event was the start of a promising rivalry between the shooters from the world’s most populous countries. Bindra, who secured the gold medal with a 10.8 on his last shot, managed to block out the pressure of being India’s first individual gold medalist.

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