India’s ace shooter Abhinav Singh Bindra, who has won the Gold at the Commonwealth Games 2014 at Glasgow, is an Olympic champion in theÂ 10 m Air Rifle. Bindra was the first Indian to win an individual Gold medal in Olympic Games. The first and only Indian to have held both the World and Olympic titles, he won the Gold at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, after winning it (Gold) at the 2006 ISSF World Shooting Championship.
Abhinav Bindra was born on September 28, 1982 to aÂ PunjabiÂ SikhÂ family in Dehradun. He studied atÂ The Doon SchoolÂ for two years before moving toÂ St. Stephen’s School, Chandigarh; he graduated from Stephen’s in 2000. Bindra possess a bachelor degree in business administration. Â Dr.Amit Bhattacharjee was his mentor who has been closely associated with him since the beginning of his career; Bhattacharjee and Lt. Col. Dhillon (who was also his first Coach) were the first ones to spot the potential in Abhinav. Bindra was the youngest Indian participant at theÂ 2000 Olympic Games.
At 15, Abhinav Bindra became the youngest participant in the 1998 Commonwealth Games. His breakthrough, though came when he won a Bronze in the 2001 Munich World Cup with a new junior world record score of 597/600. Bindra was also the youngest Indian participant at theÂ 2000 Olympic Games. In the Air rifle event at theÂ 2002 Commonwealth Games, Manchester, he won Gold in the Pairs event. Bindra also won Silver in the individual event.
On Â July 24, 2006, Bindra became the first Indian shooter to win a World Championship Gold inÂ Zagreb.
Abhinav Bindra has won a total of 9 medals including five-gold, three-silver and one-bronze in various international tournaments.
Bindra has regarded 2014 GlasgowÂ Commonwealth Games as his final international tournament.
Bindra is the CEO of Abhinav Futuristics, the sole distributor ofÂ Walther armsÂ in India. Abhinav has sponsorship tie-ups with Samsung, BSNL and Sahara Group. He is also the brand ambassador by State-run Steel Authority of India Ltd. and also a member of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) Sports Committee since 2010.
2000 â€“Â Arjuna award.
2001 â€“Â Rajiv Gandhi Khel RatnaÂ
2009 â€“Â Padma Bhushan.
2011 â€“ Honorary Lieutenant Colonel byÂ Indian Territorial Army