Bindra wins India’s first Individual Gold

If you’ve ever traveled to India, you know that it leaves a major impact on your life.  The sights, sounds, and smells cannot be forgotten, and the people are different than any I have ever met.  The first time I landed in Chennai, India, there was a sense of mystery.  You walk out of the airport and see hundreds of people holding signs up, and you are immediately hit by 113 degrees of powerful and humid heat.  In the distance, thunder claps and you hear the persistant honking of horns throughout the night.

For a country that holds over 1.1 billion people (roughly 25% of the world’s population), it would seem that receiving an individual Gold medal would be a piece of cake.  After all, China, with a population of over 1.3 billion people, has won 27 total medals and counting at the Olympics.  But it took until Monday, August 11th, for India to accomplish the feat.

Abhinav Bindra won the 10m air rifle Gold medal, ending India’s individual medal drought and giving tremendous pride to the motherland.  Today he is scheduled to meet the President and Prime Minister of India.  When asked about his accomplishment, this is what Bindra had to say: “I was trying to concentrate on shooting.  I wasn’t thinking about making history.  I mean I was two points behind at one stage.  I was just trying to concentrate.  I just wanted to shoot well, I just wanted to shoot aggressively, and that’s what I did”.

The last time India won a Gold medal was in 1980 for field hockey, but it was not an individual Gold.  This was the first official Individual gold EVER for India.  Get out your chicken tikka masala and naan bread and celebrate, an Indian has brought home an individual Gold medal!

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