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Gold for Bindra

New Delhi: Abhinav Bindra displayed splendid form to win the 10m air rifle gold in the National Shooting Championships, on Tuesday.

Having come third in the qualifications at the Karni Singh shooting range here, the Punjab rifleman showcased his class and quality with a score of 208.9 in the final. Placed second behind him was Army’s Ashok Chavanke (204.3), while the bronze medal went to navyman Sanjeev Rajput (182.8).

Despite winning the gold, Bindra said that he was not fully satisfied with the performance. “I have to work harder… I will have to put in a lot of effort,” said the Beijing Olympic gold medallist.

Asked whether he had matured as a shooter, Bindra said: “People say it gets easier with age but I don’t think so. Every day, it is a new fight.”

Although Bindra has achieved so much, he still has the zeal to fight against the best in the world and emerge the winner. “I still enjoy shooting and will continue to do it,” he said. “I am willing to suffer and struggle and be the best in the world. There could be lots of challenges on the way,” Bindra added.

In the qualifiers, Bindra dished out a below-par show and came third with a score of 622.3. The first two places went to Ravi Kumar of Army and Rajput.

Under the new rule, the points gained in the qualification rounds are not considered for the finals. Commenting on the new rule, Bindra said: “That’s going to be the nature of the game now. You have to perform at your best in the qualification rounds as well as in the finals.

“Frankly, decimal shooting is a different game… I have a feeling the younger people would hold more advantage. I am still shooting with my old way of thinking… I know I have to retune my mind. That’s not an easy job,” Bindra said.