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Abhinav Bindra: Biggest thrill of my life lasted for two seconds

Published at :September 1, 2020 at 2:32 AM
Modified at :September 1, 2020 at 2:40 AM
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The former India international was the first guest in the inaugural edition of the web series named “The Finish Line."

Abhinav Bindra, who is India's first individual Olympic Gold Medallist, said that even before he had shot his first competition shot in Beijing, he considered himself as a winner in his own eyes. To relive some of the defining moments in the history of Indian sports, Baseline Ventures has conceptualized and produced an eight-part web series titled “The Finish Line” which documents eight defining moments from Indian sports by recreating the moment by the very athlete, who made history. "The Finish Line" is being presented by Induslnd Bank and is powered by Muse Wearables.

The date of 11 August, 2008 is definitely one of the most defining moments in the history of Indian sports, but what most sports fans don’t know are the few things that went wrong for Bindra that day.

When quizzed about those moments of panic, the former shooter said, “Just 5 minutes before the big final, I realized that the sight of my gun had been altered just a little bit. There was complete panic that was running through my head, but funnily enough, going into Beijing I had also trained for it. I was frozen for a moment though and had no clue what to do but giving up was not an option. I decided that I have to fight, hence I got up and tried to get my sights working in order. From there on I shot the best 10 shot of my life that eventually got me the medal” 

It probably just happens once in a lifetime that everything works like clockwork and the rhythm flows perfectly. For Bindra too, it was one of the most surreal feelings of his life.

“Well at that time it was very important for me to remain in the moment, I was not thinking ahead at all and just taking it one shot at a time. There was definitely a storm brewing up but since I had accepted the storm, all the things that were happening surrounding it did not really matter to me. I was just trying to be immersed in my technique and I was actually immersed in it. That is the difference between really performing well and not performing well at the highest level," said the Olympic champion.

After hitting a shot of 10.8 which was the best shot of his round, Bindra was still confused if he had won the gold. He looked around to enquire if he actually did. When he was asked about that moment in the show, he said, “The greatest emotion I felt at that moment was the feeling of relief because, throughout my journey, I have been very obsessive with my goal. All my eggs were in one basket, certainly not the way I promote to young athletes. It was a huge amount of relief that, what I had set out to do in my life, I was able to achieve that. It was the greatest emotion that I had felt. I was very happy as this moment was the biggest thrill of my life, that thrill lasted for 2 seconds and that’s it.”

The eight legends who have been confirmed for season 1 of The Finish Line are Abhinav Bindra, Viswanathan Anand, Dinesh Karthik, Pankaj Advani, Smriti Mandhana, Leander Paes, Parul Parmar and Varun Singh Bhati. Vishwanathan Anand will feature in the next episode of “The Finish Line” this Friday.

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