Gagan Narang wins the bronze medal for India at London olympics 2012
30 July, Monday: An Indian “Gagan Narang” won the bronze medal in the 10m air rifle event at the London Olympics 2012. Gagan Narang was the only hopes in the event when Abhinav Bindra was out from the same event today.
Ace marksman Gagan Narang on Monday opened India’s account in the London Olympic Games by grabbing the bronze medal in the men’s 10m air rifle event. Romania’s Alin George Moldoveanu won gold and Italy’s Niccolo Campriani won the silver medal.
Narang’s bronze medal is only the third in shooting on the planet’s biggest sporting event after Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore’s silver in double trap in Athens 2004 and Bindra’s gold in the last Games at Beijing.
This was also India’s eighth individual medal in the Olympic Games.
Narang’s compatriot and defending champion Abhinav Bindra had, however, suffered a shocking exit with his dismal show in the preliminaries in which he stood 16th out of 47 contestants with a score of 594 out of 600.
Bindra, who scripted history four years ago by becoming the country’s first—ever individual gold medallist in the Olympics, shot 594 out of 600 to finish a shocking 16th out of 47 competitors and lost the golden chance of becoming the world’s first shooter to win two successive gold medals at the mega event
President congratulates Narang:
-President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday congratulated shooter Gagan Narang for winning a bronze medal in the 10m Air Rifle event of the London Olympics.
-Narang shot 103.1 in a gripping ten-shot finals for an aggregate of 701.1 after scoring 598 in the qualifying round in which also he stood third.
-Beijing Olympics gold medallist Abhinav Bindra could not make the final in the same event.