India bags first medal, Gagan Narang wins Bronze in 10m air rifle at London Olympics

Gagan Narang today won bronze medal in the 10m air rifle event, fetches first medal for India at London Olympics.

Shooter Gagan Narang ended India's medal drought at the London Olympics after clinching bronze medal in the 10 metre air rifle event with an overall score of 701.1 just behind the gold medallist Romania's Alin George Moldoveanu (702.1) and sliver medallist Niccolo 701.5

Earlier in the day, Beijing Olympics gold medallist Abhinav Bindra crashed out of the London Games by failing to qualify for men's 10 metre air rifle final. However, compatriot Gagan Narang had kept alive India's hopes by advancing to the medal round with an overall score of 598 on Monday.

Narang started of well in the finals as he shot a 10.7 in his first attempt followed by a mediocre 9.7. Narang fought back hard as he scored 10.6 and 10.7 in his third and fourth attempt. Narang shot a 10.4 in his fifth attempt followed by a 10.6. Narang then had bad series of 9.9 and 9.5 but he came strongly to score 10.3 and 10.7 in his final two shots.

Bindra, who scripted history four years ago by becoming the country's first-ever individual gold medallist in the Olympics, shot 594 out of 600 to finish a shocking 16th out of 47 competitors and lost the golden chance of becoming the world's first shooter to win two successive Eagold medals at the mega event. Narang was one of the top eight shooters who qualified for the medal round.

After securing some massive victories on the second day of Olympics. Team India will look to carry on with the good work. The second day of the Olympics saw Saina Nehwal and Jai Bhagwan score comprehensive victories on their opponent. As Sawarn Singh went to the Quarter Final stages of the rowing competition.

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