Asian Air Gun Championship: Abhinav Bindra Wind Gold Medal
Beijing Olympics champion Abhinav Bindra created some outstanding shooting to clinch the gold while London Games bronze medallist Gagan Narang failed to complete on the podium in the men’s 10m Air Rifle event of the Asian AirGun Championships on Sunday. 32-year-old Bindra, who won gold in 2008 Olympics in 10m Air Rifle event, shot 208.3 to bag the top prize ahead of Kazakhstan’s world number eight Yurkov Yuriy (206.6) and Korea’s Yu Jaechul (185.3) on the first day of competition at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range.
Narang, who won a bronze in the same event in 2012 London Olympics, completed fourth with a score of 164.5 though another Indian, Chain Singh was two places below at sixth after notching up 122.7. Narang started on an excellent note, shooting 10.6 and 10.6, however tumbled behind in the following attempts while Chain Singh was out after a shoot-off with Korea’s Kim Dajin. Bindra, however, maintained his consistency and was way ahead of the rest of the pack when the finals ended. Finally Abhinav Bindra Won Gold medal in Asian Air Gun Championship.
Asian Air Gun Championship 2015
“A lot of training has gone into it. I am always trying to do the best I can. It may look easy but I can guarantee it’s very, very tough,” Bindra said after his triumph.
“It’s always good to win medals. I can’t call it a practice but yes it’s good preparation for Rio Olympics because there were medals at stake. When there is a medal involved we can’t call it practice because there is varying degree of pressure,” he said.
Asked if there’s rivalry with Narang, Bindra responded in the negative. Abhinav Bindra the said with a great line.
“There is no rivalry with Gagan, it’s only for the media. We are well entertained by our sport,” said Bindra.
Asian Air Gun Championship Gold Medal Winner: Abhinav Bindra
India’s rifle coach Stanislav Lapidus was never doubtful regarding Bindra’s chances in the competition.
“There was no question about his result, I was expecting it, but with Gagan, it was different. He is preparing for the future,” Lapidus mentioned.
India won the gold medal in the 10m air rifle team event as well with Bindra, Narang and Chain Singh shooting a total of 1868.6. The Korean team of Kim Dajin, Yu Jaechul (1859.1) completed 2nd and also Saudi Arabia’s Mesfer Abound Alammari, Faiz Anazi Ali and Mubarak Mesfer Aldawsari (1824.8) took the 3rd spot. India as well won a gold and a silver in the youth section while the junior boys bagged two silver medals. Satyajeet Kandhol won the gold medal in the 10m air rifle youth category after he shot 204.8 to pip Chinese Taipei’s Shao-Chuan Lu (203.7) for the top spot. Iran’s Daavoud Abadi Abbasali (183.8) came third. The Indian trio of Kandhol, Mithlesh and Gajendra Raj completed with the silver medal in team event after aggregating 1827.7. Korea won the gold. In the junior section, Pratik Borse bagged the silver medal by shooting 203.9 behind Mohammad Hossein Karimi (205.4) of Iran. Korea’s Changhee Han managed the bronze in this section with 183.2. Borse teamed up with Prashant and Akhil Sheoran to win the silver in junior team event. They aggregated 1856.4 to finish second behind Iran and ahead of third-placed Korea.