Abhinav Bindra has won India’s first ever individual Olympic gold medal at the Olympics. His gold in the men’s 10-metre air rifle is India’s first gold medal after Indian men bagged the hockey gold at the Moscow Olympics in 1980.
Abhinav Bindra flanked by the silver medallist, Zhu Qinan of the People’s Republic of China and the bronze medallist, Henri Häkkinen of Finland . . .
Hopefully, this gold medal would inspire India’s youth and children to take up Olympic sports in a big way!
Here is a list of India’s medals (a very sad record, considering her population) at the (Summer) Olympics so far . . .
1928 Amsterdam: Gold – Men’s hockey team
1932 Los Angeles: Gold – Men’s hockey team
1936 Berlin: Gold – Men’s hockey team
1948 London: Gold – Men’s hockey team
1956 Melbourne: Gold – Men’s hockey team
1960 Rome: Silver – Men’s hockey team
1964 Tokyo: Gold – Men’s hockey team
1968 Mexico City: Bronze – Men’s hockey team
1972 Munich: Bronze – Men’s hockey team
1980 Moscow: Gold – Men’s hockey team
1996 Atlanta: Bronze – Leander Paes (men’s singles tennis)
2000 Sydney: Bronze – Karnam Malleswari (women’s weightlifting – 69 kg)
2004 Athens: Silver – Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore (men’s shooting – double trap)
2008 Beijing: Gold – Abhinav Bindra (men’s shooting 10-metre air rifle)