Abhinav Bindra was India’s flag-bearer in the 2016 Rio Olympics – his last appearance in the major tournament – incredibly enough he first competed in Sydney – 16 years ago! He finished fourth in the 10m Air Rifle event in Rio. At the Beijing Olympics in 2008, he became the first Indian to win an individual Olympic gold medal.
In this interview, Bindra talks about the self-belief required to win a gold medal, as well as the obstacles that he had to overcome.
Winning a Gold Medal
No Indian had ever won an individual Olympic gold medal – so how did Bindra cultivate an ambition that hadn’t yet been realized by any of his countrymen? Bindra explains that he was motivated by the opportunity to ‘be the first’ – and competing in Sydney as a 17 year old gave him the belief that he had what it took to win a gold medal. Watch the video for more!
Incredibly, Bindra has bad eyes – a tremendous handicap for a shooter. Initially, he was laughed at by his peers – and the overwhelming belief was that no shooter could possibly win a gold medal with his eyesight. Bindra however, compensated by working hard on his technique – truly inspirational stuff.