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India Thrilled Over First Ever Individual Olympic Gold

multiple sources, Posted: Aug 12, 2008

India has won its first ever individual gold medal in the Olympics and the winner Abhinav Bindra is reaping the spoils, writes PunjabNewsline.com. Bindra won a gold medal in the 10m air rifle. His delighted parents have spent many tens of thousands of rupees on his son's training, physiotherapy, shooting equipment and specialized computer software. A millionaire industrialist, Dr. Bindra provided his son with an indoor shooting range, reports The Hindu. He said his son practiced shooting seven hours a day. Mother Babli Bindra said she would go to the the holy site of the Golden Temple in Amritsar to offer prayers and thanks. She also cut a cake in his name and joked he'd just become the most eligible bachelor in India but thought it was too early to talk about him getting married. "He should first enjoy his win and when the time comes well talk about that as well," she told CNN-IBN. Bollywood stars Amitabh Bachchan and Amir Khan also congratulated the winner reports the Times of India. Bachchan quoted a friend who said after almost a century and 2 billion births an Indian wins his first individual gold at the Olympics. Abhinav missed out on a medal in the final round of the Athens Olypmics.





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