Abhinav Singh Bindra is the current World and Olympic champion in the 10m Air Rifle event. By winning the gold in the 10m Air Rifle event at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, he became the first Indian to win an individual gold medal at the Olympic Games and India’s first gold medal since 1980. Abhinav was born on September 28, 1982 to an affluent Punjabi family. His parents had an indoor shooting range installed at their home in Patiala, Punjab for Abhinav to sharpen his skills. At the age of 15, he became the youngest participant in the 1998 Commonwealth Games. Fame came through when he won a Bronze in the 2001 Munich World Cup. He won six gold medals at various international meets in 2001 and was honoured with the Arjuna Award and the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award.
In the Air Rifle event at the 2002 Commonwealth Games, Abhinav won Gold in the Pairs event and silver in the individual one. In 2004 Athens Olympics, despite shattering the Olympic record, he failed to win a medal. At the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games, he won the Gold in Pairs and Bronze in Singles.
Unfortunately, he was soon riddled with a back injury which prevented him from even lifting a rifle for a year, severely damaging his preparation for the Beijing Olympics. However, he put all speculation to rest, bringing India her biggest sporting glory outside of Cricket.
When the 2010 Commonwealth Games was held in New Delhi, Abhinav got the honour of being the Indian contingent’s flag bearer at the opening ceremony. He also got the honour of taking the athletes’ oath on behalf of the 6,700 participants from 71 countries and territories on that occasion.
Abhinav holds a B.B.A. from the University of Colorado, US and is also the CEO of Abhinav Futuristics, the sole distributer of Walther arms in India. He has sponsorship tie-ups with Samsung, BSNL and the Sahara Group apart from being the brand ambassador of SAIL. The Stephenian family, along with the rest of the nation, is immensely proud of Abhinav!