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Rio 2016: THIS incident could have deprived Abhinav Bindra of second Olympic medal – Details inside!

At the Beijing 2008, there was another incident where his gun was tampered with, just before the final, but it did not matter to him as he clinched India’s first individual gold.

Last Updated: Wednesday, August 10, 2016 - 12:06
Rio 2016: THIS incident could have deprived Abhinav Bindra of second Olympic medal – Details inside!
Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: Abhinav Bindra, India's most decorate shooter, missed out on his second Olympic medal by a whisker.

India's only gold medalist at the mega event, ended up at the fourth position in final of the men's 10m Air Rifle event.

While Indian fans were left heartbroken after he lost the shoot-off, not many know that the champion shooter was struggling in the final event due to an incident which happened earlier.

Just before the start of the 10m air rifle qualification at 9am local time, Bindra fell down along with his gun from the chair and as a result the ‘sight’ of his rifle broke.

“This is something a shooter would not want before a game. He had specially made it for the Olympics to suit the lighting. Even after such meticulous detailing he fell short. But a shooter is conditioned to shoot even if the roof is falling. We got over it and started with our game,” his coach Heinz Reinkemeier said.

At the Beijing 2008, there was another incident where his gun was tampered with, just before the final, but it did not matter to him as he clinched India’s first individual gold.

In his fifth successive and final Olympic appearance, Bindra had to settle for a fourth place after eventual silver medalist Serhiy Kulish of Ukraine edged the Indian out 10.5-10 in the shootoff at a packed Olympic Shooting Centre in Deodoro.

First Published: Wednesday, August 10, 2016 - 11:57

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