Bindra’s luck deserted him during the qualifying round of the 10 metres air rifle event. It was needed that other Indians should rise high. There was a ray of hope as Narang lived up to the expectations in the qualifying round. As Indian athletes failed one after another at the London Games 2012, Narang gave the fight as he shot bronze in the 10m Air Rifle event.
Narang said that the ‘stone’ was growing heavier by the minute. Chances were hanging by the thread. Probably Narang was thinking that he had narrowly missed a medal earlier at the Beijing Games. As the crowd cheered for Abhinav Bindra at the Beijing Games, Narang stood in utter disappointment having missed the podium by the margin of one point. This time in London, Narang was able to stage a majestic comeback with a formidable performance and had outdone the best in the business to end India’s drought at 2012 Olympics.
That he was a fighter is clear from the records of his performances. Narang had won gold in the men's 10 metre air rifle event with a world record score in 2008 ISSF World Cup Final. He also broke Austrian Farnik Thomas' record, set in the 2006 World Cup final in Granada, Spain. Earlier Narang won four gold medals in the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games. He is also a two-time world record setter. Soon after his brilliant performance at the CWG games, he followed that up with two silver in the Guangzhou Asian Games a month later. Now he has become the first Indian to win an award in London Olympics.
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