After hockey, shooting is India’s most successful Olympic sportJuly 30th, 2012 - 8:07 pm ICT by IANS
London, July 30 (IANS) Shooting Monday became the second sport after men’s hockey to fetch India more than two medals down the years at the Olympics, with the success in the discipline having come from three back-to-back games since Athens in 2004.
As Gagan Narang took the men’s 10 m air rifle bronze at the Royal Artillery Barracks, he carried forward the legacy of Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore - who started the medal conquest in the sport with a silver in the men’s double trap at Athens.
Abhinav Bindra then became the toast of the nation four years ago at Beijing by shooting the gold in men’s 10 m air rifle to become the country’s first ever yellow metal winner in any individual event at the quadrennial showpiece event.
In London, Bindra’s unceremonious elimination at the qualification stage here earlier Monday had come as a heartbreak for the Indian diaspora in this European city and the billion plus population back home.
However, the 29-year-old Narang - who shot four golds in the Delhi Commonwealth Games and was always considered a big hope alongside Bindra in the event - made up for his compatriot’s luckless show by earning India it’s third Olympic medal from the sport.
Narang had given enough indications of his class in a pre-Olympics event in Germany’s Hannover by scoring 704.3 - that was higher than the world record of 703.1 set by Thomas Farnik of Austria in the 2006 World Cup.
The Indian shooter, participating in his third Games, however, was a shade below his Hannover high, managing an aggregate of 701.1 (598 qualifying, 103.1 final). The gold winner Romanian Alin George Moldoveanu also totalled 702.1 (599 qualifying, 103.1 final), that was again short of Narang’s dream score.
Narang’s success has added to India’s less than impressive medal count - which now stands at 21 comprising nine golds, four silvers and eight bronzes - in Olympics history.
Hockey alone has provided 11 metals (8 gold, 1 silver and two bronze medals). Apart from the three in shooting, the Indians have got two each in athletics and wrestling and one apiece from weightlifting, tennis and boxing.
- Olympics: Shooter Gagan Narang opens medal count with bronze (Second Lead) - Jul 30, 2012
- I achieved what I came here to do: Narang - Jul 30, 2012
- Shooter Narang opens medal count for India, wins bronze (Lead) - Jul 30, 2012
- Olympics: Shooter Gagan wins bronze, Saina advances (Intro Roundup) - Jul 31, 2012
- Olympics: Shooter Gagan wins India's first medal a bronze (India Roundup) - Jul 30, 2012
- The best Olympics for India (Review) - Aug 12, 2012
- Olympics: first medal in, hopes alive in badminton and tennis (Overall India Roundup) - Jul 31, 2012
- Asian Championship: Bindra wins gold beating close rival Zhu - Jan 13, 2012
- Narang's medal will inspire other Indian athletes: Maken - Jul 30, 2012
- Cash award to Bindra for Asian shooting gold - Jan 18, 2012
- Narang's bronze will motivate Indian athletes: Maken (Lead) - Jul 30, 2012
- Narang emerges out of Bindra's shadow (Profile) - Jul 30, 2012
- Olympics: India hope to get lion's share from the ranges (Preview) - Jul 27, 2012
- Indian athletes' London tryst amid soaring expectations - Jul 26, 2012
- It has been a roller-coaster ride, says Gagan Narang - Aug 08, 2012
Tags: abhinav bindra, air rifle, alin, bronzes, commonwealth games, compatriot, double trap, gold winner, indian diaspora, medal count, narang, olympic medal, olympic sport, olympics event, olympics history, rajyavardhan singh rathore, royal artillery, shooting monday, showpiece event, toast of the nation