Calcutta: Abhinav Bindra, on Thursday, announced that he will making his last appearance in the Commonwealth Games at Glasgow.
“Tom I will compete in my 5th cwg. This will be my last appearance at the games Hope to have some fun. Cont,” Bindra tweeted a day ahead of beginning his campaign in the XX Commonwealth Games.
The 31-year-old Bindra scripted history when he clinched the gold medal in the 10-metre air rifle event at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.
Bindra, though, has failed to win an individual gold medal in the 10m air rifle event in the Commonwealth Games.
He, however, had won the pairs gold in Manchester (2002), Melbourne (2006) and in front of the home crowd in New Delhi fours years ago.
The champion shooter will look to end his CWG career on a high by winning the gold in singles event on Friday.
“Been a great journey which started as 15 year old at the kl games and have 8 cwg medals so far.
“So friends pray and wish me some luck :-),” Bindra wrote on his twitter handle.
If he can replicate the form that saw him clinch the top prize in Beijing six years ago, a CWG gold would not seem a far-fetched dream.
In women’s 10m air pistol, world No. 1 Heena Sidhu is also expected to win the gold.
The 24-year-old Heena has been a consistent performer over the past one year and will look to use it to her advantage when she takes aim in her pet event early in the morning Friday.
The other Indian shooters in action will be Ravi Kumar (10m air rifle), Malaika Goel (10m air pistol), Arti Singh Rao (women’s skeet) and Mairaj Ahmad Khan (men’s skeet).