Beijing Olympics champion Abhinav Bindra produced some excellent shooting to clinch the gold while London Games bronze medalist Gagan Narang failed to finish on the podium.
Bindra shot 208.8 points to clinch the gold medal in the 10 metre air rifle event at the Asian AirGun Championship in New Delhi on Sunday, Sep 27.
London Olympics bronze medallist Gagan Narang and Chain Singh finished fourth and sixth respectively in the event.
All the three shooters have already secured quota places for next year’s Rio Olympics.
Narang, who won a bronze in the same event in 2012 London Olympics, finished fourth with a score of 164.5 while another Indian, Chain Singh was two places below at seventh after notching up 122.7.
Narang started on a good note, shooting 10.6 and 10.6, but fell 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. “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.
“There is no rivalry with Gagan, it’s only for the media. We are well entertained by our sport,” said Bindra.
An international shooting competition is being held in India after a gap of almost five years, the last being the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games.