26 Facts About Abhinav Bindra


Abhinav Apjit Bindra is an Indian Olympic gold medallist, retired sport shooter, and businessman.


Abhinav Bindra is the first and one of only two Indians to win an Individual Olympic Gold Medal.


Abhinav Bindra is the first Indian to have held concurrently the world and Olympic titles for the men's 10-meter air rifle event, having earned those honors at the 2008 Summer Olympics and the 2006 ISSF World Shooting Championships.


At the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Abhinav Bindra finished fourth in the finals of the 10-meter air rifle event.


Abhinav Bindra served as a goodwill ambassador for the Rio 2016 Olympics Indian contingent, having been appointed to that post by the Indian Olympics Association.


In 2018, Abhinav Bindra was bestowed with the prestigious Blue Cross, the ISSF's highest honor.


Abhinav Bindra is currently a member of the IOC Athletes' Commission.


Abhinav Bindra was born in Dehradun in Uttarakhand, to a Sikh KhatriPunjabi family.


Abhinav Bindra was educated at the Doon School in Dehradun and at St Stephen's School in Chandigarh.


Abhinav Bindra studied business administration at the University of Colorado Boulder.


At the age of 15, Abhinav Bindra was the youngest participant in the 1998 Commonwealth Games.


Abhinav Bindra was the youngest Indian participant at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney.


Abhinav Bindra was honored with the Arjuna Award that year.


Abhinav Bindra won six gold medals at various international meets that year and received the prestigious Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna award, India's highest sports award.


Abhinav Bindra scored 597 in the qualification round and placed third, preceded by Qinan Zhu and Li Jie.


Abhinav Bindra returned to compete and won the title at the 2006 ISSF World Shooting Championships with a score of 699.1, qualifying him for the 2008 Summer Olympics.


At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, Abhinav Bindra titled in the men's 10-meter air rifle event, shooting a total of 700.5.


Abhinav Bindra scored 596 in the qualifying round, finishing fourth, and outscored all other shooters in the finals with a round of 104.5.


Abhinav Bindra was tied with Henri Hakkinen heading into his final shot.


At the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, Abhinav Bindra was honored as the national flag-bearer at the opening ceremony.


Abhinav Bindra was given the honor of taking the athletes' oath on behalf of the 6,700 participants from 71 countries and territories.


Abhinav Bindra brought home a silver medal in the individual event.


Abhinav Bindra won the gold medal in the men's 10-meter air rifle event at the 12th Asian Shooting Championships, held in Doha, Qatar.


Abhinav Bindra lost in the qualification round at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, finishing in the 16th place with a score of 594.


Abhinav Bindra has a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Colorado.


Abhinav Bindra has been a part of the ISSF and IOC Athlete Commissions, where he has worked for the development of athletes through mental health, financial stability, and entrepreneurship initiatives.